Thursday, 31 March 2011
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With Ultimate Fight Night 24 in the books, it's time to concentrate on the important things in life - who will be the guest Octagon Girl in Brazil?
Cage Potato stumbled across this interesting candidate. For those who like images of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro and the skimpy bathing suits comes Juliana Salimeni.
She popped in a recent Sherdog photoshoot of the TUF 13 set in Las Vegas. Apparently, she's a pretty popular television personality in Brazil. The UFC may need a teeny-bit more fabric for the Octagon girl uniform shorts. As long as she stays away from the N.Y. Jets and Joy Behar, Ms. Salimeni (NSFW) should be fine. Let's root for her to make it to the August UFC event in Brazil.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 24 RESULTS: Anthony Johnson smothers Dan Hardy to hand the Brit his third straight loss
The fight started out as most expected, with both fighters swinging heavy punches at one another, and Johnson even dropped Hardy with a grazing head kick. But once on the ground, it was clear that the much bigger Johnson was going to be able to bully Hardy around.
The Brit simply got more and more frustrated as the fight went, being continuously put on his back and taking sporadic punishment from Johnson. The crowd grew restless as the fight played out in the opposite manner of which they were promised, but it was simply a very smart gameplan for Johnson throughout the fight, and he said afterward that ultimately, the win was more important.
"Deep down inside, I wanted to finish the fight," Johnson said after the fight (transcribed by MMAJunkie.com). "But in reality, I just needed to win. I've been out for a year and some change. I needed to get back in the groove of things and just get the win. I didn't really need to go for a knockout or a submission."
"I knew I could bang with him; that was no problem. I knew I could do that. But I knew his weakness was his wrestling, and I know that's one of my strengths, so I took it to my advantage and used it."
As for Hardy, the one-time title challenger has now lost three straight fights, a distinction that puts any fighter at risk of being cut from the UFC's roster. However, UFC President Dana White said after the fight that he wouldn't definitely be cut.
"[He won't] necessarily [be cut]," White said. "We'll have to wait and see. I f***ing love that kid."
Johnson now looks to make a move towards the top of the division after the impressive performance, while Hardy goes back to the drawing board. The Brit will need to improve his wrestling game, as it's a rough achilles hell to have in a division dominated by wrestlers.
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QUOTABLES: UFC Bantamweight Champ Dominick Cruz discusses the origins of his feud with #1 contender Urijah Faber
I feel like people just take what Faber says and go in stride with it and assume what he says is true ? because he tries to play this perfect identity. And, to be honest, I haven't been able to have quite the spotlight throughout my career that he's had ? just from the timeline and the things he's done and when I did it.
That being said, people are going to take the word of the person they know more than the person that is kind of coming out of nowhere, and I kind of came out of nowhere. So, that automatically makes me the bad guy. And if that's the guy he wants to make me out to be, go for it. But sooner or later people are going to know the truth about me, and they're going to know I'm here to fight. They're going to know I'm here to win. They're going to know I'm a good guy and a good champion."
-UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz talks to MMAJunkie.com about the origins of his feud with Urijah Faber following the announcement of their rematch for UFC 132 in July.
Penick's Analysis: Cruz will have a big chip on his shoulder and a lot to prove when he meets Faber in July. Coming in as the unknown despite being the champion, Cruz will be out to prove that he deserves the accolades of fans and writers, and that he's a better fighter than Faber in 2011. He'll have his chance to do that on July 2, and if he can beat Faber in the rematch he'll have done so against the largest audience to ever see him fight.
Scott Coker, the other guy in the UFC's purchase of Strikeforce, sat down for a lengthy interview with HDNet's Bas Rutten. Coker was grilled on many of the hot button issues that last Monday's� conference call never hit on.
Rutten asked the Strikeforce CEO if he thinks fans will ever see Josh Barnett, Paul Daley or Fedor Emelianenko in the UFC. Coker said he didn't know (11:35 mark), but added that he hoped all three continued to fight with Strikeforce.
Other interesting points included:
Coker confirmed that the deal between Zuffa and SVSE came together quickly. He only informed Showtime of the sale one day before the news leaked on Mar. 12.
The Strikeforce boss joked about his first meetings with the UFC brass talking about Zuffa's 25-person marketing and P.R. staff. He brought along his two employees in those positions (4:40 mark).
Coker is excited about the new resources behind Strikeforce and growth possibilities which include a goal of pay-per-view by the end of 2011.
Surprisingly, even with a roster of 150-plus fighters, Coker says "business as usual" also includes signing new fighters in the future (9:00 mark).
Read into it anyway you'd like - Coker was asked if the purchase by UFC was a good or bad day, he answered by it's a reality (9:30 mark).
Showtime got the call the day before the news leaked 11 days ago, but Coker still hasn't had a chance to speak with M-1 promotions, Fedor's management team (13:25 mark).
Hopefully, Coker is involved in the MMA business at the highest level for years to come. He's definitely an asset, who puts the fans first. He did an amazing job turning a regional promotion, which held its first big fight in Apr. of 2009, into something worth buying for an estimated $40 million less than two years later.
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Wednesday, 30 March 2011
It will be the fourth of 12 Prelims Live specials coming to Spike TV in 2011, following the hour long broadcasts for UFC 126, UFC 128 and next month's UFC 129.
According to the report, the leading candidates for the Spike TV broadcast are the bantamweight bout between Miguel Torres and Brad Pickett, and the welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and Rick Story.
The night's main card is headlined by a UFC Lightweight Championship rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. It will be the third meeting between the two fighters, but only the second with the belt on the line.
The UFC 130 card is not yet complete, as only nine bouts have been confirmed for the card. Check below for the card as it stands.
Main Pay-Per-View Card
* Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (Lightweight Title)
* Matt Hamill vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
* Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson
* Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve
* Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann
Spike TV Prelims
* Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story
* Brad Pickett vs. Miguel Torres
* Tim Boetsch vs. Kendall Grove
* Chris Cariaso vs. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto
While much of the attention of the crows surrounded both the co-main and headlining bouts, which featured knockout artists Anthony Johnson and Dan Hardy in welterweight action, while Phil Davis met [...]
After a rough, grinder of a fight, waged mostly along the cage, Schaub drilled Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic with a counter right hand. Cro Cop crumbled to the floor and Schaub landed one more finishing punch that bounced the Croatian's head off the floor like a basketball. Referee Herb Dean sprinted across the cage to stop the fight at the 3:44 mark of the third round.
Update: During Saturday night's�postfight press conference, UFC president Dana White said this was probably the last time the 36-year-old Cro Cop would be fighting for the promotion. He's lost two straight fights and lacks the explosiveness and size to compete at the highest level with the new breed heavyweight. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Schaub, has only been a pro since� the middle of 2008.
It wasn't easy for Schaub, who was wary of Cro Cop's devasting left head kick throughout. The former Colorado fullback tried to keep the fight at close quarters. In most of the cases when Cro Cop tried a kick or moved forward with a punch, Schaub (8-1, 4-1 UFC) looked for the clinch or a takedown.
The wily veteran Cro Cop (27-9, 4-5 UFC) did some fine work of his own in those clinch situations along the cage. He landed some nasty short elbows including one in the second that caused Schaub's nose to start leaking blood. He also opened up a cut over Schaub's left eye.
The younger Schaub took the first two rounds, but in the second he had a point taken away for punches to the back of the head.
Schaub, the runner-up on Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter," lost in the final to another vet in Roy Nelson. Since then, he's scored three knockout finishes in four victories.
Schaub, who turned 28 Friday, asked Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for the Knockout of the Night bonus. Through eight fights, his only competition is Erik Koch, who scored a first-round KO of Raphael Assuncao.
Update II: The UFC gave out two KO of the Night bonuses. Schaub and Koch each got $70,000.
Following his absolutely dominating victory over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128 on Saturday night, Jon "Bones" Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history, and set himself up for a fight against teammate Rashad Evans for the belt later this year. But after that, the fight a lot of people will want to see is Jones against another man who has dominated competition throughout his UFC career: Anderson Silva.
"The Spider" hasn't had a desire to jump back up to 205 lbs. due to his dominance at middleweight, and the fact that some friends and teammates have been up at the top of the division. However, with Jones now on top, many will see that matchup as one of the most interesting the UFC could put together right now.
With Silva's destruction of Forrest Griffin and James Irvin at 205 lbs., he's already got a proven track record of success at the weight. And though he'd be giving up size to Jones much like GSP would to him, the difference wouldn't be as drastic as the potential Silva vs. GSP bout would be.
With GSP not showing a huge interest in going up for the Silva fight, and Silva having at least one real challenger left for his belt in the middleweight division in Yushin Okami, a Jones-Silva fight at the end of the year or in early 2012 is the way to go.
Jones needs to fight Rashad Evans next, but after that fight things are murky as all hell at light heavyweight. There are a lot of former champions hanging around the top of the division, and with no clear challengers in line after Evans, Silva jumping up after a win over Okami sometime this year would be excellent.
With the way in which Jones won the fight against Shogun, it's hard to see anyone at 205 lbs. that has a real chance at dethroning the 23-year-old phenom. With how unbeatable Silva himself has been inside the Octagon, this would make for an epic matchup for the UFC and for both fighters.
Georges St. Pierre doesn't have to make the move up in weight. He's a perfect size for the welterweight division and has reigned atop for the last several years. If he defeats Jake Shields next month, there's nothing wrong with him staying the champ at welterweight and continuing to exert his dominance over that division. Even though he'd end up in a number of rematches, there's something to be said for him having a long reign.
Jones-Silva simply now makes more sense for me, and though I'm at this point firmly entrenched in the belief that Jones may be as close to unbeatable as any fighter we've seen in the UFC. Barring injury, he may just be the man who crushes "The Spider." Though "The Machida Era" ended up being far too premature, Jones' era is truly just beginning. This would be an incredible opportunity for the UFC to put together a massive superfight that simply makes more sense than the one they've talked about with GSP.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
– The March 26th edition of WWE AM Raw scored a 0.5 cable rating, 572,000 viewers.
– The Miz talks WrestleMania, The Rock, John Cena and more at http://www.clatl.com/
– The promotional agent for Road Warrior Animal sent out the following today: “WWE Legend and Author Road Warrior Animal ?Joe Laurinaitis Announced as 2011 WWE Hall ...
The event, which took place from the KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., was the UFC's first in the state, and the main event saw Phil Davis defeat Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to run his record to 9-0 overall, with five of those coming inside the Octagon.
The numbers were right in line with recent Spike TV events, coming just under the peak viewership for January's Fight for the Troops 2 card, but besting that event's overall average viewership, which was 1.85 million.
UFC Fight Night 24 also featured Amir Sadollah defeating DaMarques Johnson in the second round due to strikes, as well as "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung getting his revenge on Leonard Garcia with a never-before-seen-in-the-UFC twister submission.
Penick's Analysis: These are very good numbers for the Fight Night series, and it shows the major difference between the UFC's exposure on Spike and what they get on Versus. Davis vs. Nogueira wasn't any bigger from a drawing standpoint than Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann, yet the Versus event did sub-700,000 viewers on the lesser network. This bounce back was positive for Spike, and the event itself was an enjoyable night of fights for the 2.2 million fans that tuned in.
DREAM Featherweight Champion Hiroyuki Takaya to fight on "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" preliminary card on April 9
Takaya will return to the United States for the first time since a stint with the WEC in 2008. Though he lost both fights in the WEC, he earned a "Fight of the Night" bonus for his three round bout with Cub Swanson.
Since that loss he's gone 6-2 in his last eight fights, losing to Bibiano Fernandes by split decision in the 2009 DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix and Michihiro Omigawa in the 2009 New Year's Eve event. He's won three straight fights, most recently defeating Fernandes for the title in a rematch of their 2009 Grand Prix final.
Peralta has won six straight fights heading into his Strikeforce debut, fighting in California's Gladiator Challenger promotion. He brings a 13-3 record with him overall.
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley airs live on Showtime from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego on April 9.
Filed under: UFCWho says that all that time spent watching videos on the internet is wasted?
For Chan Sung Jung, the videos he found online of Eddie Bravo's unconventional twister submission helped him defeat Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24 and add an extra $55,000 to his bank account in the process.
"It's something that I saw a long time ago on the internet on video," Jung said via a translator during Saturday night's post-fight press conference. "It's one of Eddie Bravo's techniques. It's something I practiced because it just looks fun, and so I do it quite a bit in practice. I always told people I was going to try it some time in competition and I wanted to do it in the UFC and I was able to."
After storming to the UFC light heavyweight title, Jon Jones is being held up as god's gift to the MMA world. That's not the way Rashad Evans sees him.
"People want to say 'oh my God Jon is this and that' but Jon Jones is Jon Jones to me. He's another fighter I have to face. I've seen them all and I've trained with the best," Evans told Duane Finley of BloodyElbow.com. "I've seen all the shades of greatness and how this one was supposed to do this and this one was supposed to do that. It's all the same and it doesn't even matter."
He thinks Jones is not be to be trusted and has the feel of a master manipulator.
"I feel disrespected on many levels and the worst part is that it comes from people who I felt were like family. I would have done anything for Greg Jackson, and I would still do anything for Greg Jackson but I felt disrespected beyond belief," Evans said. "I feel disrespected by Jon because when I think about when we trained or when we were chilling, was the [expletive] even real? Or was he just trying to be a master manipulator and try to manipulate the situation so he could get what he wanted out of it?"
Evans is steaming about the fact that he welcomed Jones, another light heavyweight title contender into Jackson's Submission Fighting camp in Albuquerque, NM, with open arms. It's put Evans in a position that forces him to leave the only camp he's known since 2005.
Evans became so wary of Jones and Greg Jackson that he began training a lot more in Denver at the Grudge Training Center, a partner of sorts with the Jackson's camp in New Mexico.
"I told him straight up that I didn't like it. I told him that the kid was talented and that the sky was the limit with him but that was the type of guy I wanted to fight not train with. Greg came back saying, 'No, no, no this will be just like you and Keith [Jardine] where he will be just like a brother.' I still told him that I didn't want to do that," Evans said. "Then Greg said if that situation ever did arise between Jones and I that he would have to turn the fight down because that's how it works. He would have to turn down the fight with me so that way I wouldn't be put in a position where I looked like a punk. That's how it works in the Greg Jackson system."
"You can't say you are not going to have anything to do with it when you are a big part of the reason why the situation originated," Evans fired. "That's like spilling a glass of milk and then walking away and saying that you don't want to have anything to do with it. You [expletive] spilled the milk...so you're at least going to help clean it up right?"
Evans didn't like the way Jones opened the door to a possible fight during the UFC 128 prefight. Jones said he was cutting off all questions about Evans and didn't feel like his teammate and friend was pulling for him to win.
"When the first opportunity came and he said that he would fight me if Dana said so, that to me stung more than anything. He said that he didn't want to lose his job and look man, the UFC isn't going to fire anyone because they are turning down fights," Evans said. "[...] Then he comes across on national TV and says that he will fight Rashad if Dana White tells me to and I felt so [expletive] utterly disrespected."
"I mean it's one thing to say something in an interview but the least you could have picked up the phone and been like, "man I did an interview today and they kind of put me on the spot with a rough question and I answered it this way." At least give me the heads up so that way I know and not look at it if he's Judas or something. You know who Judas is? That interview was some backstabbing [expletive] but now it's like whatever because now I know the game he is playing."
Evans takes nothing away from Jones' game, but his character ... is another issue.
"Now the question is would Jon Jones be an animal had he not trained with Greg Jackson? Yes he would've. The learning rate may not have been as fast because training with Greg allowed Jon access to train with the best in the world. Jon is hands down [expletive] phenomenal. The kid is amazing and there is no doubt about that. There is no shame in my game for saying because the kid is very good but his skills excelled much quicker because of Jackson's," Evans said. "But if Jon Jones down the road goes somewhere else for a camp and then has a great fight and an opportunity arises do you really think he's going to go back to Greg Jackson? No. So then Greg lost on two fronts and for what?"
According to Evans, Jones may feel the same sting down the road when he finally suffers a legitimate loss and needs a helping hand to get back on his feet.
"People are touting Jon around like he's Neo from the Matrix. That's all good and dandy but be there for the kid when the kid falls. Be there to pick him back up rather than turn their back on him like they did to Machida. Lyoto loses and all of a sudden he sucks. No he doesn't [expletive] suck it's just the way the game goes."
The Jones-Evans matchup probably won't materialize until the summer. That's a lot of time for Evans to unleash plenty of mental warfare. In fact, it's already started.
Nobody is supreme in this game and that is what makes mixed martial arts what it is today. Nobody is the absolute best. Anybody can get beat by anybody on any given day."
ROUNDTABLE: Where is Phil Davis' place in the light heavyweight division after his UFC Fight Night 24 win over "Lil Nog"? Hansen, Hobaugh, Hyden, Bacior, Perez, Williams and Penick
RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Davis is a notch ahead of Nog, right in there with Bader.� He's not elite yet, and I think his fight with Nogueira should stop people from calling for Jones - Davis anytime soon.� I think a Davis - Griffin fight makes sense for both Davis and Griffin.
ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Phil Davis is in the top fifteen for sure. Nogueira is the first fighter he has faced in the top ten. He needs a solid win over another top ten fighter to himself be considered a top ten fighter. Even with his perfect record, five straight wins in the UFC, and wins over Tim Boetsch, Brian Stann, and now Nogueira�he is not yet in the top ten.
FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Well, I think that Davis has a lot of potential and deserves a step up in competition. Beating Nogueira is a nice feather in his cap, but he has a long way to go if he wants to compete with the best in the division. That will come with time, though. The next guy I'd put him in there with is Ryan Bader. The best way to accelerate a guy's learning curve is to throw him into the deep end. You don't do that right away, but you put him in there against Bader. Then, if he wins, you put him up against a Lyoto Machida or Quinton Jackson, and you get a real sense of where he's at. A match against Forrest Griffin or Rich Franklin would be okay, but I don't think that would really get Davis anywhere.
MIKE BACIOR, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Well, my measuring stick is that I think he did better against Lil Nog then Ryan Bader did. So I would have him slightly above Bader, who is probably Top 12 or 13. I think he could give some of the bigger names fit, but he needs to get his striking more technically sound in order to become a true force in the division and break into the Top 10.
ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
I don't place Phil Davis too high in the division at all.� Yes, he did step up to face a veteran like Rogerio Nogueira on short notice, and defeated him, but he's just another fighter to me.� A true test would be a definitive top 10 fighter, even someone like Forrest Griffin or Rich Franklin, or if the UFC really wants to fast track Davis, a fight against Shogun Rua.� Either way, he just needs to do what he can, keep improving, and then by the end of the year, he could become a top 10, if not top five, fighter in the division.
ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Phil Davis' win over Minotoro didn't do much for me.� In fact, for those, like me, who predicted he might provide a challenge to Jon Jones at some point, this victory showed that he has a long ways to go before a Jones fight would be competitive.� He's not a Top 10 fighter yet.
JAMIE PENICK, MMATORCH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Expectations for Davis heading into the Nogueira fight last weekend were too high. Nogueira is a very good fighter, and he's been a difficult challenge for a lot of people, and even in his losses for the most part he hasn't been dominated. Davis was as successful if not more than Bader against Nogueira, and that's a great win on his record. That said, he's got improving to do. He's still growing and developing as a fighter, and he'd be the first to admit as much. He has the potential to be one of the top fighters in the division, but his whole game hasn't come around to that point just yet. With the win over Nogueira he's absolutely a top 15 guy, perhaps fringe top 10, but he needs to continue improving and developing before he gets thrust into the deep waters of the light heavyweight division. He doesn't need to be fast tracked. There's time to bring him along the right way and to allow him to get better fundamentally so that when he gets to the top end of the 205 lb. division he's fully prepared.
Monday, 28 March 2011
The worst thing a TV announcer can do is lie to the audience. That's true in any sport, but mixed martial arts has a particularly egregious history of announcers hyping up fighters at the expense of the truth: When a promoter wants to make one fighter or another into its next star, there are far too many announcers willing to overstate the fighter's abilities and mislead the viewers into thinking they're watching a better fighter than they are.
So it was refreshing on Friday night to hear the HDNet announcing team of Michael Schiavello and Frank Trigg tell the audience the truth about Bobby Lashley, who was fighting in the main event of a Titan Fighting card: Although the easy thing to do would have been to hype up Lashley as Titan Fighting's biggest star, Schiavello and Trigg instead offered a frank assessment of Lashley and told the audience the truth about who he is: A big, muscular former wrestler whose physique looks impressive but whose MMA skills are limited and whose cardiovascular conditioning is atrocious.
Dana White says Rashad Evans will be next in line to face winner of Shogun Rua vs. Jon Jones at UFC 128
Jones and Greg Jackson teammate Rashad Evans for a time were vehement that they would never fight each other, but statements from both over the last several weeks see them both coming around to that fight and, in at least Evans' case, getting a little heated about it.
With both being open to the fight now, Evans is remaining the number one contender in the division, and according to Dana White on ESPN2's MMA Live will be first in line for a title shot following Saturday's bout between Jones and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Of course, his title shot depends upon the winner of Saturday's fight being able to return sometime this summer, as the UFC may look to put him in another fight if there's going to be another long layoff for the Champion. But for now, heading into Saturday, it will be Evans waiting intently to find out whether he'll get his originally scheduled fight, or whether he'll be getting a shake up in his career in fighting a teammate.
Penick's Analysis: Whether Evans and Jones are consciously changing their tunes with eyes on dollar signs or not, the fact remains that if Jones wins on Saturday that will be a huge fight for the UFC. Jones has to go out on Saturday and live up to the hype, first, however, and that's no easy task. If he wins, Evans has to decide if he still wants that belt. The money is likely to be right, he'll just need to pull the trigger.
[Rashad Evans art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
With Ultimate Fight Night 24 in the books, it's time to concentrate on the important things in life - who will be the guest Octagon Girl in Brazil?
Cage Potato stumbled across this interesting candidate. For those who like images of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro and the skimpy bathing suits comes Juliana Salimeni.
She popped in a recent Sherdog photoshoot of the TUF 13 set in Las Vegas. Apparently, she's a pretty popular television personality in Brazil. The UFC may need a teeny-bit more fabric for the Octagon girl uniform shorts. As long as she stays away from the N.Y. Jets and Joy Behar, Ms. Salimeni (NSFW) should fine. Let's root for her to make it to the August UFC event in Brazil.
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Sunday, 27 March 2011
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A lot of MMA observers think UFC Fight Night 24 headliner Phil Davis is the latter, and newly minted UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the former.
Less than a week after Jones' decimation of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, the focus has shifted lightning-fast to not only the next contender to the light-heavyweight crown, but the next contender remotely qualified to match the brilliance displayed by the new champ.
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Wineland came out to fight, showing off some good takedown defense in the first round and landing some good strikes of his own during the round. But in the second Faber took over the fight. Getting Wineland to the ground early, Faber spent much of the round landing elbows and punches in Wineland's guard.
In the third, Faber took over in the striking game, tagging Wineland with strikes and avoiding his counters. Then, Faber brought the fight back to the ground again when he stuck with a takedown attempt and got Wineland to the ground. With more elbows and strikes in Wineland's guard, Faber rode out the end of the fight and picked up his first win inside the Octagon.
Faber now likely gets a fight with UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, a man he defeated once before for the WEC Featherweight Title.
Penick's Analysis: Wineland gave Faber much more of a challenge than most expected, but Faber still pulled off an impressive win. It wasn't the most exciting Faber fight, but he still picked up a good win and sets himself up for a good fight with Cruz.
[Urijah Faber art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
MMA LIVE: Jon Jones, Urijah Faber victorious, UFC 128 review and more on extended edition of ESPN2 program
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The four fights we'll be discussing are Phil Davis vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson, Amir Sadollah vs. DaMarques Johnson and Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung.
And we'll weigh in on the five preliminary card bouts from the UFC's Facebook stream, as well, including the heavyweight tilts between Jon Madsen vs. Mike Russow and Sean McCorkle vs. Christian Morecraft.
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