UFC 134 Summary and Fight Results

UFC 134 Summary and Fight Results

UFC 134 has lived up to its hype. The fights were exciting and we’ve witnessed a handful of great finishes. I’ve seen tons of UFC events that are filled with fights that were left to the hands of the judges, but today’s UFC show is an exception.

Four out of five matches in the main card ended via either TKO or KO. The only fight that went to the judges’decision was even awarded as Fight of the Night. UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami (UFC Rio) was definitely a success.

Here are the UFC 134 fight results:

Stanislav Nedkov defeated Luiz Cane via TKO. The debuting Bulgarian fighter, Stanislav Nedkov, wowed the Brazilian crowd after making a quick work of the tough Brazilian striker, Luiz Cane, in the first round, via TKO. Nedkov is undefeated, with an MMA record of 12-0. Cane, who came from an impressive TKO victory over Eliot Marshall, drops to 11-4. All four of his defeats came from the UFC.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeated Brendan Schaub via KO. This KO victory gives Minotauro a sweet return to the UFC after being sidelined due to knee and hip injuries. Brendan Schaub was on a hot streak prior to this fight. He’s won four consecutive fights including a unanimous decision victory over Gabriel Gonzaga and a knock out win over Mirko Crocop. Schaub was looking to propel his career even further by facing Nogueira. His run was halted however by the Brazilian MMA legend in the first round via KO. Nogueira is back and he seems to be eyeing another shot at the heavyweight title.

Edson Barboza defeated Ross Pearson via split decision. This was the only main card fight that went to the judges’ hands. The fight was almost completely a striking battle. Barboza showed speed and athleticism with his punches and flashy kicks. Pearson showed excellent striking as well. The fight ended with the split decision victory going to Barboza. The win could have gone either way but Barboza had a bit of the edge when it came to effective strikes that landed. The back and forth striking exchange between these two talented lightweights earned the Fight of the Night honours.

Shogun Rua defeated Forrest Griffin via KO. This was a rematch between two former light heavyweight champions. Forrest won in their first encounter via rear-naked choke way back in 2007 when Shogun was just debuting in the UFC. It was heavily documented that during their first fight, Shogun was suffering due to an injury. After almost four years, a healthy Shogun had his piece of redemption and finished Griffin quickly via KO in round one. Shogun is back in championship form and is eager to get another shot at the title while Griffin will have to go back to the drawing board.

Anderson Silva defeats Yushin Okami via TKO. Alright, in my previous post, Anderson Silva Defends the UFC Middleweight Title Against Yushin Okami, I mentioned that I was rooting for Okami and I want Silva to finally lose the title. And I choked on those words. Silva, once again, proved that he is indeed one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in the sport of MMA. Okami put in the pressure at the start of the fight but Silva kept his composure. Silva even landed a nice high kick to the head of Okami at the end of the first round. In the second round, Silva started to let loose and became more aggressive. In the middle of the second round, Silva dropped his hands and started counterpunching, similar to what he did in the Forrest Griffin fight. Okami was knocked down twice. During the second knock down, Silva went for the ground and pound to finish Okami and retain his UFC Middleweight Title. Much respect to The Spider.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the entire UFC 134 card was packed with great fights. The Brazilian fighters rose to the occasion, winning eight of the nine fights that pitted a Brazilian against a non-Brazilian fighter.

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Anderson Silva Defends the UFC Middleweight Title Against Yushin Okami

Anderson Silva Defends the UFC Middleweight Title Against Yushin Okami

Many MMA fans consider him as the greatest of all time, the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Any one can say otherwise but we can’t take away the fact that Anderson “The Spider” Silva has been the UFC Middleweight Champion for a very long time.

I, personally, am not an Anderson Silva fan. For every title fight that he’s been through, I’ve always rooted for the challenger. I wanted The Spider to lose. But he kept winning. The closest one was his title defense against Chael Sonnen. Silva was dominated for almost the entire five-round fight. I was jumping on my feet as I witness Sonnen take home every single round of the fight, until Silva catches him in a triangle choke.

Anderson Silva is no doubt a great fighter. But I really don’t like him. I was most impressed in his performance against Forest Griffin. But I really can’t seem to embrace his aura. I usually feel intimidated when I watch him fight, as if I was the challenger at the other end of the Octagon. Perhaps the main reason why I don’t root for Silva is because of the arrogance he portrayed in his fight against Demian Maia. It really left a mark on me. His antics were a mix of intimidation and arrogance.

Anderson Silva will be defending his UFC Middleweight Title against Yushin Okami this coming Saturday on UFC 134, also called, UFC Rio. I guess that’s the best time for Silva to lose his title because the event will take place in Brazil, Silva’s home country. Evil grin.

Okami has what it takes to defeat Silva. I can’t say that he is capable of a knock out or TKO victory but anything can happen. I assume Okami will take the fight to the ground. That’s his best chance of winning. Take Silva down and control the fight. Okami can bag a unanimous victory, along with the UFC Middleweight belt.

If Silva successfully defends the UFC Middleweight title against Okami, Vitor Belfort may be next in line for the title again. And yes I know, Silva defeated Belfort in a convincing and impressive way. But as Belfort said, if the knock out front kick didn’t materialize, he could have destroyed the champion. No one can tell for now. Maybe we’ll find out in the future.

UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami is set to take place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The last time UFC went to Brazil was  in 1998. This will definitely be an awesome event. The card is packed with exciting match ups including a rematch between two former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin. Another bout features the return of the MMA legend, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He will take on the rising star and Ultimate Fighter runner-up, Brendan Schaub, who’s been on a roll with a four-fight winning streak on his shoulders.

So who’s your pick? Will Anderson Silva retain the title? Or are we going to see a major upset (and an upset crowd) when Okami takes away the belt? Let me know your thoughts.

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Adidas Goes Barefoot with Adipure Trainer

Recently, I’ve been into running. I make it a point to run at least once a week. Actually, I’ve been planning to take running seriously (well not that serious) for the past year but I kept on procrastinating. Thanks to my colleagues, I was finally exposed to this healthy activity.

One of my colleagues gave me a copy of Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run. He said it is a good read for pro and leisure runners alike. But unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to read the book yet but I am definitely allocating some time for that.

In relation to my new found hobby and the book Born to Run, I would like to tackle the emergence of the barefoot running, and of course, along with that is the rise of the barefoot technology in the shoe industry. As the name implies, barefoot running is simply running without wearing any shoe, foot gear or whatever you may call it. But of course some would say, that is crazy. Who would like to get foot scars and bruises? No one I guess. So here comes the idea of minimalist running, which can be the closest to running barefoot. When you say minimalist running, it is running in thin-soled and flexible shoes.

The shoe industry has been running along with the emergence of barefoot running amongst running enthusiasts. Nike is currently the world-wide leader in barefoot running products with their Nike Free technology, catering to an estimate of 65 percent of the barefoot consumers. Vibram, known for its FiveFingers, currently holds 10 percent of the market.

Adidas finally enters the barefoot market with their latest minimalist offering, the Adipure Trainer. This product seem to cross the line between the Nike Free and the Vibram FiveFingers. Perhaps a hybrid of the two? Of course, plus the trademark 3-stripes. According to Patrik Nilsson, president of Adidas North America, “The Adipure Trainer is a unique piece of equipment for elite level athletes that we’re bringing to our core consumer,” This is indeed a good news for running enthusiasts. I was happy to hear the news about Adidas going barefoot because I’ve been an Adidas consumer for quite some time. I prefer Adidas bags and shoes over Nike. I guess it’s simply because of the 3-stripe design of Adidas that appeals more to my artistic senses as compared to Nike’s trademark check. Well that’s me.


Adidas is slowly stripping off the gap between them and Nike globally. But within the North American region, Nike is still far off the charts when it comes to sales. Joining the barefoot technology will boost Adidas’ influence in the American market so I personally think this is a great idea for the company. If I decide to buy barefoot running shoes some time in the future, I think I’d go for the Adipure Trainer. Well of course I am a heavily biased consumer. But hey, Adidas is Adidas. They are known to deliver in every product idea that they dwell on and can also be considered a household name.

The Adidas Adipure Trainer will hit the North American stores this coming November and will be sold at a price of $90. That’s relatively an affordable price for a brand like Adidas.

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Evans Defeats Ortiz – UFC 133 Results

Evans Defeats Ortiz UFC 133 Results

UFC 133 served as a catalyst for several fighters’ climb to the upper rankings of their respective divisions. “Sugar” Rashad Evans proved that he is the top contender for the Light Heavyweight title after defeating the re-invigorated, Tito Ortiz. Evans came from a long 14-month inactivity due to a knee injury while Tito Ortiz just came off an impressive submission victory over Ryan Bader last month in UFC 132.

Round 1. Evans opened up the fight with great hand speed and footwork. Ortiz tried to exchange with the Ultimate Fighter winner and eventually attempted for a takedown. Ortiz held Evans for a bit but struggled to completely take the top control. After Evans went back on his feet, he swarmed Ortiz with combinations and caught a huge takedown. Evans continued to swarm Ortiz with punches and elbows until the bell rang, signifying the end of the first round.

Round 2. In the second round, Ortiz seemed a little tentative with his striking, Evans continued to use his speed advantage and secured another takedown, but this time, Ortiz held on to a guillotine choke attempt. The choke hold was tight and Evans seems to be in big trouble but he kept his composure and was able to escape the submission attempt. Evans regained top control on the side and rained down blows on Ortiz. I saw Ortiz doing his best to roll out of the bottom position, using the wall as a springboard for a possible reversal. But Evan’s top control was solid and caught Ortiz in a crucifix position. Ortiz’s last significant offensive move was a knee bar attempt which was easily shrugged off by Evans. When Ortiz got to his knees, Evans connected a lethal knee blow to his solar plexus (between the chest and the stomach region). Ortiz was visibly hurt, tumbled down and curled up. Evans jumped on the opportunity and rained more blows to the aching Ortiz. Referee Dan Miragliotta stops the fight with 12 seconds remaining in the second round.

Title shot for Rashad Evans. Sugar was supposed to face Shogun Rua for the title on UFC 128, but because of a knee injury, he was sidelined and his former training partner, Jon Jones, replaced him and captured the title. He was then supposed to fight Jones for the title on UFC 133 but Jones was sidelined due to another injury. The championship seems to evade Evans. After winning this fight, Evans is again in line for the title and he will face the winner between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and current champion, Jon “Bones” Jones. I personally want to see a Bones vs Sugar fight but a rematch with Rampage can also be interesting.

What’s next for Ortiz? I’d rather make a separate blog post about it.

Vitor Belfort wins Vitor Belfort style. And the “Phenom” is back after knocking out Yoshihiro Akiyama in the first round. Belfort showed to the world why he became so popular and one of the most feared strikers in MMA by quickly demolishing “Sexyama” with devastating punches. Rogan mentioned that Belfort is still the most dangerous contender for Anderson Silva’s title even though he was knocked out in their last fight. If the KO didn’t happen, Silva could have been in a huge trouble. Let’s see if Belfort gets another title shot after SIlva faces Yushin “Thunder” Okami on UFC 134/Rio.

Brian Ebersole stops Hallman. Ebersole defeats another seasoned UFC veteran by putting out Dennis “Superman” Hallman. Ebersole was also given an additional $70,000 for the “thanks for getting those horrifying shorts off TV as soon as possible” bonus.

MacDonald is a rising star. Another stand-out in the UFC 133 event was Rory MacDonald who defeated UFC veteran, Mike Pyle via TKO in the first round. Rogan said MacDonald may be the next GSP or he could be even better.

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