This is the April 18, 2014 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Fred Garcia.
Simon and Garcia re-capped The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale including Tim Kennedy’s win over Michael Bisping, Patrick Cote’s victory over Kyle Noke and the finals of TUF Nations.
Simon and Garcia previewed UFC on FOX 11 including every preliminary bout and the main event of Travis Browne v. Fabricio Werdum.
All this and much more MMA on this 1-hour episode.
UFC on FOX 11
Saturday April 19, 2014
Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
—Main Card- FOX- 8pm Eastern—
Fabricio Werdum v. Travis Browne- Heavyweight
Miesha Tate v. Liz Carmouche- Women’s Bantamweight
Donald Cerrone v. Edson Barboza- Lightweight
Brad Tavares v. Yoel Romero- Middleweight
—Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1/ Sportsnet 360- 5pm Eastern—
Rafael Dos Anjos v. Khabib Nurmagomedov- Lightweight
Thiago Alves v. Seth Baczynski- Welterweight
Jorge Masvidal v. Pat Healy- Lightweight
Estevan Payan v. Alex White- Featherweight
Caio Magalhaes v. Luke Zachrich- Middleweight
Jordan Mein v. Hernani Perpetuo- Welterweight
—Preliminary Card- UFC Fight Pass- 3:30pm Eastern—
Dustin Ortiz v. Ray Borg- Flyweight
Mirsad Bektic v. Chas Skelly- Featherweight
Derrick Lewis v. Jack May- Heavyweight
This is the January 1, 2014 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon.
Simon re-capped UFC 168 including Anderson Silva breaking his leg in a loss to Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey’s victory over Miesha Tate.
Simon also discussed Travis Browne’s win over Josh Barnett and Ronda Rousey v. Sara McMann being announced for UFC 170 on February 22.
All this and more MMA on this 30-minute episode.
Saturday December 28, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
—Main Card- Pay-Per-View—
Chris Weidman (C) def. Anderson Silva via TKO (leg injury) at 1:16 in Round 2- UFC Middleweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (C) def. Miesha Tate via submission (arm-bar) at 0:58 in Round 3- UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Travis Browne def. Josh Barnett via KO (elbows) at 1:00 in Round 1- Heavyweight
Jim Miller def. Fabricio Camoes via submission (arm-bar) at 3:42 in Round 1- Lightweight
Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao via TKO (punches) at 4:54 in Round 1- Featherweight
—Televised Preliminary Card—
Uriah Hall def. Chris Leben via TKO (abandonment) at 5:00 in Round 1- Middleweight
Michael Johnson def. Gleison Tibau via KO (punch) ay 1:32 in Round 2- Lightweight
Dennis Siver def. Manvel Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)- Featherweight
John Howard def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)- Welterweight
—Online Preliminary Card—
William Macario def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)- Welterweight
Robbie Peralta def. Estevan Payan via KO (punches) at 0:12 in Round 3- Featherweight
This is the December 27, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Fred Garcia.
Simon and Garcia previewed and gave their predictions for UFC 168 including every preliminary bout, the co-main event UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate and the main event UFC middleweight championship fight between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva.
Simon and Garcia discussed the UFC’s special pre-fight press conference scheduled for one hour before UFC 168 and rumors of Brock Lesnar’s return to the octagon.
All this and lots more MMA on this 1-hour episode.
Saturday December 28, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
—Main Card- Pay-Per-View- 10pm Eastern—
Chris Weidman (C) v. Anderson Silva- UFC Middleweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (C) v. Miesha Tate- UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Josh Barnett v. Travis Browne- Heavyweight
Jim Miller v. Fabricio Camoes- Lightweight
Dustin Poirier v. Diego Brandao- Featherweight
—Televised Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1/ Sportsnet 360- 8pm Eastern—
Uriah Hall v. Chris Leben- Middleweight
Gleison Tibau v. Michael Johnson- Lightweight
Dennis Siver v. Manvel Gamburyan- Featherweight
Siyar Bahadurzada v. John Howard- Welterweight
—Online Preliminary Card- YouTube.com/UFC- 7pm Eastern—
William Macario v. Bobby Voelker- Welterweight
Robbie Peralta v. Estevan Payan- Featherweight
This is the May 29, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin McKough.
Simon and McKough re-capped the results from UFC 160 including Cain Velasquez’ win over Antonio Silva and Junior Dos Santos’ knock out of Mark Hunt.
Simon and McKough revealed the Top 10 in MMA for May 2013 including every weight class from heavyweight down to flyweight and the women’s bantamweight division.
Simon and McKough talked abut Josh Barnett v. Frank Mir for UFC 164, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza v. Yushin Okami as a potential match-up and the retirement of Forrest Griffin.
All this and much more MMA on this 2-hour episode.
This is the May 24, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Fred Garcia.
Simon and Garcia previewed and gave their predictions for every fight on the UFC 160 card including all preliminary bouts and the UFC Heavyweight Championship main event between Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Simon and Garcia discussed Jon Jones’ recent Twitter quarrel with Alexander Gustafsson and his strong words regarding Daniel Cormier’s potential move to light-heavyweight.
All this and much more MMA on this 2-hour episode.
Saturday May 25, 2013.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Cain Velasquez (C) v. Antonio Silva- UFC HW Championship
Mark Hunt v. Junior Dos Santos- HW
James Te-Huna v. Glover Teixeira- LHW
TJ Grant v. Gray Maynard- LW
Donald Cerrone v. K.J. Noons- LW
FX/Sportsnet- 8pm Eastern
Rick Story v. Mike Pyle- WW
Dennis Bermudez v. Max Holloway- FW
Colton Smith v. Robert Whitaker- WW
Khabib Nurmagomedov v. Abel Trujillo- LW
YouTube.Com/UFC or Facebook.Com/UFC- 6:30pm Eastern
Stephen Thompson v. Nah-Shon Burrell- WW
Brian Bowles v. George Roop- BW
Jeremy Stephens v. Estevan Payan- FW
STRIKEFORCE was founded by Scott Coker in 1985 as a kickboxing promotion. In 2006 STRIKEFORCE transitioned into an MMA company with the featured bout between Frank Shamrock versus Cesar Gracie in the main event. Since that event they have produced 63 events since; 43 major cards and 20 challengers series. Crowning 25 champions or 26 if you count the World Heavyweight Grand Prix title during the last six years. One Heavyweight champion in Alistair Overeem. Six Light Heavyweight champions in Bobby Southworth, Renato Sobral, Gegard Mousasi, Monhammed Lawal, Rafael Cavalcante, and Dan Henderson. Five Middleweight champions in Frank Shamrock, Cung Le, Jake Shields, Ronaldo Souza, and Luke Rockhold. Two Welterweight champions in Nick Diaz and Nate Marquardt. Three Lightweight champions in Clay Guida, Josh Thompson, and Gilbert Melendez twice. One Women’s Featherweight champion in Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, and four Women’s Bantamweight champions in Sarah Kaufman, Marloes Coenen, Miesha Tate, and Ronda Rousey. Josh Thompson is the only holder of both defunct U.S. Welterweight and U.S. Lightweight championships, and Daniel Cormier is the only STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Grand Prix champion. STRIKEFORCE held three MMA tournaments including the Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2011 through to 2012, the one night four fighters Women’s Bantamweight tournament in 2010, and the “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” Middleweight tournament in 2007. STRIKEFORCE was a pioneer in MMA history for giving Women the opportunity to fight on the grand stage. With co-promotion with M-1 Global, the talent sharing deals with DREAM and the signing of MMA stars such as Fedor Emelianenko, Dan Henderson, Alistair Overeem, Gegard Mousasi and others, STRIKEFORCE was the number two promotion in the world to fight. In March of 2011 the promotion was bought out by the parent company of the UFC, Zuffa LLC, and continued to run as an independent organization, but with many of STRIKEFORCE’s top stars and champions jumping ship and divisions dissolving it was evident that the company would eventually fold. Forced to cancel two cards during that final quarter of 2012, UFC officials officially announced that the January 12th, 2013 card was indeed the final event for the promotion.
The 63rd and final STRIKEFORCE event took place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Saturday night. The main event featured the crowning of the last and final STRIKEFORCE Welterweight champion as Tarec Saffiedine defeated then champion Nate Marquardt in a five round affair. The bout had a slow start, but Saffiedine landed a counter jab that buckled Marquardt’s knees, but he remained up fazed. Saffiedine picked Marquardt’s right leg apart throughout every round rendering a dark red from bruising. A lot of clinching and exchanging from both, but after three round Marquardt looked visibly winded, but carried on for the remaining two rounds, however, Saffiedine clearly controlled the pace. In the end Saffiedine would win a unanimous decision(48-47, 49-46, 49-46 to be capture the welterweight title.
STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier continued his undefeated streak on his path to the UFC with a second round TKO win over Dion Staring. A heavy favorite Cormier wasn’t looking past his final STRIKEFORCE opponent who came in swinging early. Initially Cormier struggled for the takedown but it wasn’t long before the fight was on the ground and he was raining down heavy shots. Surprising to many Staring made through the first frame, but the end would come in the near the end of the second round with ground and pound strikes from Cormier in full mount forced referee “Big” John McCarthy to call a stop to the action. In his post fight interview Cormier revealed that his UFC debut will be on April 20th at UFC on FOX 7 where he will be taking on Frank Mir, and the said he wants Jon Jones to beat Chael Sonnen so he can: “Kick his ass in the fall.”
Josh Barnett had two fights as he was battling the flu and Nandor Guelmino. Guelmino was no match for Barnett as he took him down with ease right into a full mount and slapped on his signature arm-triangle choke to force the tap just over two minutes into the very first round. Barnett cut an awesome pro wrestling style promo at the end of the bout which was very entertaining.
After a 13-month lay off Gegard Mousasi returned to the STRIKEFORCE cage as a man possessed. Mousasi would pikced up his 33rd career victory by destroying Mike Kyle with a first round rear-naked choke submission. Mousasi took Kyle down and would proceed to transition from guard to, half guard, to mount with a flurry a devastating elbows. From that position Mousasi rained down punches, forcing Kyle to give up his back where Mousasi would cinch in the choke.
Ronaldo “Jacare”Souza made short work of UFC Middleweight import Ed Herman with a beautiful kimura submission in the first round. The dangerous submissions expert had Herman on the ground early but an illegal up kick baffling brought the fight back standing. Souza takes Herman down and is in side control where he quickly slaps on the kimura forcing the tap.
In the most baffling decision of the night Ryan Couture picked up a split decision victory over K.J. Noons in a fight that one judge was clearly not watching. Couture and Noons measured each other up in the first round, but it wasn’t until the end of the round when Couture landed a spin kick, then tripped and was illegally kneed by Noons which was called. Noons the picked apart Couture in the second round, but failed to finish him of. The third round saw Noons counter strike a wobbly, yet aggressive Couture. In the end two judges saw the bout 29-28 for Couture and the other 30-27 for Noons. Noons was visibly upset post fight as he was robbed of a victory.
Also on the card war hero Tim Kennedy submitted Trevor Smith with a guillotine choke in the third round. Pat Healy earned his 29th career victory and sixth in a row by defeating a very game Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision after three rounds. Roger Gracie defeated Anthony Smith in the second round Gracie-Style with an arm-triangle choke submission. (Full STRIKEFORCE: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine event results below.)
Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) – for final Strikeforce welterweight title
Daniel Cormier def. Dion Staring via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:02
Josh Barnett def. Nandor Guelmino via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:11
Gegard Mousasi def. Mike Kyle via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:09
Ronaldo Souza def. Ed Herman via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 3:10
Showtime Extreme prelims:
Ryan Couture def. K.J. Noons via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Smith via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:36
Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:16
Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Estevan Payan def. Michael Bravo via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:01
This is the January 11, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin “Big Tuna” McKough.
Simon and McKough previewed Strikeforce: Marquardt v. Saffiedine including every preliminary bout and the main event title welterweight title bout between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine.
Simon and McKough discussed Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran failing their UFC on FX 6 drug tests and Eddie Alvarez’ current contract situation with Bellator and the UFC.
All this and much more MMA on this 2-hour episode.
This Weekend in Fights! (January 7th) is the second of six straight MMA cards in a row put on byZuffa, and this week’s card was the first STRIKEFORCE event of 2012. Of the five TV scheduled bouts, the fans were treated to exciting first round stoppage in the final 3 fights of the card.
In a night of questionable judging and poor referee stoppages, STRIKEFORCE emanated from “The Joint” at the the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada and broadcast on Showtime & Showtime Extreme the world saw the somewhat changing of the guard on Saturday night with STRIKEFORCE Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold retaining his championship against UFC veteran Keith Jardine and Tyron Woodley demanding a title shot. However, as for up and coming fighters such as Lorenz Larkin and Adlan Amagov it was not the case and their undefeated streaks came to and end.
In the main event of the evening Luke Rockhold shut Keith Jardine’s mouth for saying that he was a lame fighter, with a dominating TKO victory over the once feared Light Heavyweight fighter. Jardine’s first drop to 185 was not as successful as most fighters transitions to a lower weight class is. Rockhold pushed the pace from the beginning with some flashy kicks and onslaught of strikes to Jardine’s weak chin that ultimately cost him the bout and his job in the UFC. Rockhold dropped Jardine down against the cage and continued to punch the finished fighter only for the simple reason that referee Herb Dean didn’t stop the fight before those punches would land. As one of the new faces of STRIKEFORCE, Rockhold then expressed his displeasure with the competition in the promotion and much like STRIKEFORCE Lightweight champion demanded UFC fighters to join the promotion to challenge him.
After being pushed around in the first minute, Robbie Lawler bounced back from receiving an illegal knee with a flying knee followed by some ground and pound to stop the bout. The bout snapped to streaks including Lawler’s two fight losing skid, and Adlan Amagov’s nine fight win streak.
Reminiscent of Gegard Mousasi versus Ovince St-Preux, prospect Lorenz Larkin was also unable to step up and present himself as the “next big thing” in MMA and a force to be reckoned with at 205 in STRIKEFORCE. Coming into the bout 9-0, Larkin was able to defend Lawal’s strong wrestling skill, and was pounded out in just 92 seconds to taste defeat for the first time. Unlike Tyron Woodley’s bout, King Mo was extremely active on the ground with relentless ground and pound. This was another bout that could have seen the end prior to its stoppage, even to the point that Lawal expressed just how upset he was with referee Kim Winslow at the post fight press conference about having to continue to punch Larkin; stressing that she shouldn’t be a referee.
In possibly the most boring fight on the planet, Tyron Woodley picked up a split decision win over Canadian fighter Jordan Mein. Mein attempted to stand and trade with Woodley, but Woodley refused to strike with Mein, took him down and sat on him for the full three rounds. Split decision? Hardly! This bout was all Woodley with the take downs as he controlled the fight. Any judge that saw it otherwise doesn’t know what they’re doing. Post fight Woodley demanded his next bout be for the vacant STRIKEFORCE Welterweight title. It’s hard to argue that with a perfect record of 10-0 and the lack of competition in the division, but with that kind of performance, no fighter should receive a title shot.
Tyler Stinson came out with a bang in the opening round of his bout with Tarec Saffiedine, cutting Saffiedine and connecting with lots a big strikes. It appeared that this may be an exciting fight, however Saffiedine controlled the final two frames with a impressive wrestling arsenal to pick up a split decision. This was another baffling judgement call, as yes, Stinson won the first round 10-9, but Saffiedine definitely won round two and three 10-9 making the fight a 29-28 unanimous decision. Obviously the judges saw something that no one else saw. (Full STRIKEFORCE: Rockhold vs. Jardine event results below.)
Champ Luke Rockhold def. Keith Jardine via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:26 – to retain middleweight title
Robbie Lawler def. Adlan Amagov via TKO (knee and punches) – Round 1, 1:48
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Lorenz Larkin via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:32
Tyron Woodley def. Jordan Mein via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Tarec Saffiedine def. Tyler Stinson via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Showtime Extreme prelims:
Nah-Shon Burrell def. James Terry via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Gian Villante def. Trevor Smith via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:05
Ricky Legere def. Chris Spang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Estevan Payan def. Alonzo Martinez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)