I’ve had several hours to digest the Diego Sanchez-Ross Pearson decision at Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 42 event. At first, I figured I just missed some good moments by Sanchez while conducting play-by-play of the fight.
I try to be as objective as possible, but it’s hard to get all the strikes, kicks and action into the coverage and actually pay attention to the fight in itself. Things are missed, so when the decisions are rendered, I don’t normally get too excited when I am way-off-base from what was called.
Personally, I – along with many, many others – scored the bout for Pearson. In fact, I gave him all three rounds. However, before the third round began, I noted that Sanchez had closed each of the first two strongly after some hiccups, and that could sway judges pretty easily.
Looking back over the course of the fight, a different story is told. Pearson out-landed Sanchez 51-33 in significant strikes, including a plus-nine advantage in head shots and plus-10 in body attacks.
He also was more effective, landing 17 of 47 head shots to just 10-for-66 by Sanchez. In terms of takedowns, Pearson had one to zero from Sanchez. He was given a performance rating of 52 to just 38 from Sanchez by FightMetric, which also scored the contest 30-27 for the Brit.
The fighters on FOX Sports 1’s post-fight show were behind the masses, as Dominick Cruz, Michael Bisping and Gilbert Melendez all felt Pearson won. They did make a case for Sanchez, including Melendez who simply added that the fight was in his hometown of Albuquerque.
Cruz asked “Who knows what the judges were scoring?” and Bisping stated much the same, saying, “You never know what they’re looking at. It was a close fight.” Melendez continued that trend with “Sometimes it’s about who won the scorecards, not always about who won the fight.”
What did you think? Was it one of the biggest blunders in MMA scoring you’ve seen?
Vitor Belfort has decided to get out the results of his surprise drug test early, before he steps in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission later this month to ask for his fight license.
Belfort is replacing Wanderlei Silva and meeting Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in Las Vegas on July 6. He was given a test earlier this year, and the results were kept confidential until now.
“The results of the February 7, 2014 test indicated that my testosterone level was above the therapeutic range,” Belfort wrote on Instagram. “While levels slightly outside the normal therapeutic range are not uncommon for someone undergoing a TRT regimen, and my doctors immediately modified my therapy to return me to within the therapeutic range (as you can see the 22nd February test results was normal), I do want to acknowledge that the February 7, 2014 test indicated my level was above the range.”
Belfort continued, saying he has “taken several subsequent tests…and the results of each test indicate my levels were either normal or below normal.”
Both the UFC and NAC have banned the use of TRT going forward. That decision was made shortly after the test was given to Belfort, who previously failed a drug test in the state.
“Now that I’m applying for a license in Nevada, I don’t wan any clouds hanging over my ability to compete and I understand it is my responsibility to prove to the NSAC that I have the requisite fitness to be licensed in Nevada,” he wrote. “I look forward to fighting on July 5, 2014 in Las Vegas and again proving that I am one of the best fighters in the world.”
Belfort has won three straight, all via knockout, to become the No. 1 contender to the middleweight title. He was removed from a planned May title fight with Chris Weidman after the banning of TRT.
The UFC released a statement following Belfort’s remarks:
“The UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort’s application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process. Pending Commission approval, we look forward to a great fight between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.”
Former heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko might have just lost a follower with his recent comments concerning female MMA.
In an interview with CTV.BY, Emelianenko stated that he doesn’t feel as if women should be competing in the sport.
“I respect the girls who defend the country’s honor at the Olympics,” he said. “But I do not support female MMA. A woman must take care of the house, raise her children and be feminine.”
Ronda Rousey, the reigning UFC female bantamweight champion and face of female MMA, has admitted in the past she would like to have “Fedor’s babies.” Rousey is also a former Olympian, having won bronze in Judo.
Emelianenko continued, stating that “There are a lot of different sports which help her in that, but MMA is not one of them.”
“The Last Emperor” announced his retirement following a 2012 knockout victory over Pedro Rizzo. After losing three straight while competing for Strikeforce, Emelianenko finished out his career with victories over Rizzo, Satoshi Ishii and Jeff Monson.
You can hear the entire interview in the video below.
Chad Mendes states he doesn’t know anything about the “mock” sign-up of Renan Barao to attend a Bang Muay Thai class under the guidance of Duane Ludwig.
The picture, which Urijah Faber posted on Twitter after T.J. Dillashaw won the belt from Barao, caught the attention of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Well, “Money” took offense to that, posting a message to Aldo himself, writing, “Hey Jose Aldo I don’t know anything about that post but I do know on Aug 2nd I AM going to BEAT YOUR (Expletive).”
Back in 2012, Aldo landed a knee that finished Mendes in Brazil. The two will now meet in Mendes’ backyard of California.
— chad mendes (@chadmendes) June 3, 2014