UFC 116: Brock Lesnar “Mirs” Shane Carwin and submits him via a freakish arm triangle choke!


“Mir” being used as a verb in this case which means taking
down, mounting and utterly dominating (Cyberaxis)

The technical pyrotechnics were missing as we had expected but the fight very much lived to its spectacle billing for the 7:19 minutes the fighters traded leather. At  about 2 minutes  of the second round – Brock Lesnar, who had come within seconds of being “counted out” after a merciless pounding by Carwin  – took Carwin down and then mounted him the way he did Frank Mir in UFC 100. After manhandling him a little he slipped an arm triangle choke on Carwin’s supine form and started to choke him. THIS was manly business –  virtual killing in mundane time – boys need not apply. Fans and even Carwin himself didn’t realize the gravity of what was happening until the cinch tightened and an already spastic Carwin was struggling for dear breath. Reality check time. Carwin tapped out at 2:19 minutes of the second round.

Carwin Pummels Lesnar - Eric Jamison - AP

Shane Carwin ascendantly overpowering in round one pummels Brock Lesnar into a cowering mess (priceless montage) before the reversal of fortune in round two where Lesnar turns the tables on the Carwin and chokes him into a stunning  submission. File this one under virtual upset! The rematch is gonna be MONSTROUS – and Lesnar WILL NOT take any chances this time. (Photo – Eric Jamison – Associated Press)

MMA fans the world over erupted in belief and disbelief. Those on pacemakers were in clear danger of succumbing to what Terence McKenna called  “death by astonishment.”

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UFC 116 with Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin will be like an execution


Brock Lesnar Belt Thumb

Lesnar @ UFC 116: The pressure to win.

And probably take about as much. About  5 or 6 Minutes,  which in MMA terms translates into one or two rounds. The likelihood of this going to the judges for a decision is almost nil.

The reason for this is the assymetric factors of strength and skill and all of the unknowns that will, without a doubt, impinge on the fight that is just over 3 hours away. Brock Lesnar’s recovery from his illness, the strategies and decisions that fighters end up making in the octagon, cognizant of Mike Tyson’s truism, “Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the face.” Luke Thomas of Bloody Elbow had it right when he opined:

The number of unknowns swirling in this bout is dizzying. Is Lesnar going to have ring rust? Is Carwin going to fold in the later rounds? Will Lesnar be able to take Carwin down enough? How will Lesnar respond when hit by Carwin? I’m not sure how to cook with these ingredients. I certainly believe Carwin is more than capable of stopping the fight at any time. If you’re picking him, you’ve got plenty of good reasons to do so. I’m going to lean ever so slightly to Lesnar, though. I just think he’s got the sort of gameplan to wear down Carwin. Over time he’ll compromise Carwin’s power, physically tire him and impose his game. Unless he gets KO’d. We’ll see what happens. Lesnar, TKO. Luke Thomas, Bloody Elbow) Continue reading

Brock Lesnar will try and make an example of Shane Carwin at UFC 116


Brock Lesnar Mission - UFC 116

Brock Lesnar may have nothing personal against Shane Carwin but that's not the way it's gonna look come Saturday night's UFC 116.

UFC 116 is close enough for people to channel Brock Lesnar’s process. If they  do it right, the will come to the realization that come fight time, Brock  Lesnar will try to make an example of Shane Carwin – not because he hates  the man – but because figuratively he represents detractors and haters who, unlike Stuart Smalley, think he is not good enough,  smart enough or doggone likable.

The strongest felt impulses of mice and men are put out there to be thwarted – but if Lesnar gets his way come Saturday night, he will put  a memorable exclamation mark to the most anticipated fight in UFC  since the emergence of American MMA  from the backwaters of BJJ and vale tudo – and strut around the octagon like he has just pawned the UFC – which may not be that far away from the truth.

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Brock Lesnar and Randy Couture – The unsung story of UFC 116


If there is a guy who has a key to Brock Lesnar’s psyche it has to be Randy Couture. Reason? His “I’m OK, You Are OK” approach to things; his matter-of-fact, aw-shucks approach to what he has and what other people have. Well, come to think of it, there isn’t a whole lot of people that Randy doesn’t have a key to. Nice guys tend to have that quality about them – so in a sense, this is a story about Randy Couture, the famed Captain America of mixed martial arts.

So what does this have to do with UFC 116? Well, as it turns out Randy Couture is one of the people Brock Lesnar has turned to for training help  months/weeks ahead of his UFC fight with Colorado slugger Shane Carwin – which is quite impressive when you consider that this is the case of  290lb behemoth (Brock Lesnar) turning to a wiry 230lb grappler-turned-boxer for advice on how to demolish a proven slugger. At a the mental level, it is deep when you consider the chip Brock Lesnar tends to carry on his shoulder most of the time – the “up yours” attitude that has been his stock in trade since UFC 100.

“I’ve always had a lot of respect for Randy because he paved the highway for the wrestler in the UFC …. The good thing about Randy is that he doesn’t carry a chip on his shoulder.” (Brock Lesnar)

Well, no shit Shylock – reference the last part of that quote. That, among other things – seems to the key to the “friendship” or what passes for it between Brock and Randy. We only wish Lesnar could learn something from that quote concerning the antipathy his own chip-on-the-shoulder persona generates amongst the masses and chattering classes. But that is a story for another day.

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Open Challenge To Brock Lesnar: Stand up and deliver at UFC 116 and begin to earn the respect of MMA


There, we said it. No hemming or hawing. No ambiguity. Lesnar may be king of the hill of the UFC  heavyweight division but he is  far from being king of Mixed Martial Arts – and by that we are talking the Randy Coutures or Fedor Emelianenkos of the world.  Why? Well because he still needs to prove that he is more than a ground-and-pound hog who beyond collegiate wrestling relies too much on his size, weight and strength to smother his opponents and  then pummel them into a bloody stain.   One good Wanderlei-Silva-style-slugfest with knees and kicks thrown in for good measure would do it – with doin’ it having to do with  equalizing this slop-sided equation; i.e. winning by sheer preponderance of size.

Brock Lesnar - Stand And Deliver

Will Brock Lesnar stand up and deliver at UFC 116 or will he revert to the tried and true; the old ground and pound? We would love for him to surprise us, but we are not holding our breath. Reason? We doubt that Lesnar can take a punch.

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UFC 114: Rashad Evans wrangles a win over Rampage Jackson in a snoozer of a fight (Fight Video)


Here is a truism: the UFC depends on our addiction to cheap thrills to cash in on fights like the one they sold off as a headliner between Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans last night.  How bad was it? Well you head the  boos from fans not to mention a fight that, more often than not,  looked like a boxing match  instead of  an all-out mixed martial arts contest. Google Quinton Rampage Jackson vs Rashad Evans UFC 114 video.

So what went wrong? Well, nothing really. Things played out the way we expected. We had seen this coming a mile and called it right here. We had even suggested that the whole thing be put on  for free as a token of fan appreciation.  The fan who yelled “I want my money back!” at the end of the fight would certainly have appreciated it.

There  just was nothing in Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson or their styles to make this an interesting fight at all. And win or lose none of them would have been in a position to challenge Shogun for the light heavyweight title as rumored. Not Rampage and certainly not Rashad.

Rashad Evans Wins UFC 114

Rashad Evans wins UFC 114 – but is he ready for Shogun prime time? Probably not.

As things turned out, the more motivated pugilist, Rashad Evans, won – and in the process proved that he had developed a lot as a person and a fighter.  The knockdown and near knockout at the beginning of the 3rd found proved that Rashad had a tough chin inspite of the way he was knocked out cold in the  Machida fight. The fight also proved that Rampage  Jackson was in the audience watching this fight from the outside instead of the octagon where he belonged – and only he can tell us why that was.

The year-long lay-off (the so-called “rust” defense), the cutting of weight from a doughy 250lbs to 205lbs, the resignation from UFC and the B.A. Baracus brouhaha aside, there was a little tell-tale detail about mind-set before the fight. Weeks before the UFC 114, Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson gave  interviews about their impending fight. Rashad Evans was within his body: centered. Rampage Jackson appeared out of sorts – suspended somewhere between his physical head and a faraway place only he knew about.   If you were looking for a reason why Rampage was gonna lose his fight last night, this  was one of them.

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Link to all other UFC 114 fight videos (MMAShare.Com at MMABettingBlog)

UFC 114 like the proverbial tree in the forest: A non-event looking for eyes and ears


So Rashad “Suga” Evans (16-1) and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (30-7) are finally gonna face off May 29 at UFC 114. Well, it must be true  since the banners are flying. But the real question is who fuckin’ cares? Certainly not us here at Cyberaxis.  Why? Well because it is just not an interesting fight. Not by an octagonal mile. Rashad Evans vs Rampage Jackson is a showdown between a slugger who can take serious punishment and a thumper who can also get down.  If the UFC had its head screwed on right, it would stage this fight as a fan-appreciation freebie. What would be more Fan Expo than a freebie for the hard-bitten fans?

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Nuttin’ but winners all around.

Rampage “Call Me Mr T” Jackson gets to have his ass whupped live on TV and the fans get to enjoy a low-calorie  freebie while the world gawks at the wonder of the un-choreographed mayhem that is MMA. Can you say “mo better fans”? What’s there not to like Dana?

Rashad and Rampage were originally scheduled to fight in UFC 107 as the finale to their coaching rivalry in The Ultimate Fighter 10 TV show.  The anticipated fight fell apart after Jackson accepted a film role as  B.A. Baracus in the remake of the The A Team.

Evans vs Jackson Faceoff

Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans at UFC 96: WWE theater sans the tights. Send in the clowns.

For the money, this fight has so little going for it that we would rather see two MMA grannies  go at it Beverly Hillbilly style. We mean seriously, who friggin’ cares if a more fresh thumper  (Rashad Evans) edges out a veteran slugger  from the golden edge of Pride (Quinton Jackson)? Not us here at Cyberaxis.  And it certainly doesn’t help matters that this fight was hatched in the froth of an over-dramatized TV show. The souped-up story-line  resulted in the fake  face-off at the end of UFC 96 after Rampage’s thumping of Keith Jardine (Heave! See  pic on the right.)  Vince McMahon would have been proud.

The UFC is, among other things, in the business of creating froth, substantive or otherwise – the latter being synonymous with hype. It is our job to call it as we see it. UFC 114 in the UFC trying trying to tie up the loose ends of bad decisions(dropping the Machida vs Jackson ball)  and mishaps (Jackson being incensed enough to temporarily quit the UFC.)  This is the MMA equivalent of the a promotional organization (the UFC) making wide turns. A measure of the irrelevance of this fight is that it can fall off the face of the earth and nothing in MMA will move. If Rampage wins, he proves he still got the mojo – tick, tock, tick, tock (Rampage probably never recovered from the  knees he received from Shogun in Pride.) If  Evans wins, chalk one up for fresh talent – the noobs who are about to take over the dojo.

In case you missed it, we think Evans will edge out Rampage on the strength of  his freshness, strength and quickness. He may not have the experience that Jackson has, but he has fewer injuries. Read that less banged up. The MMA Betting Blog is  giving Rampage a slight edge (Rampage -130 Evans +100. ) The other thing going for Evans is that Rampage probably doesn’t have as much fire in the belly as he lets on. He is probably not over the  B.A. Baracus thing and the brouhaha that surrounded  it.  How much is Rampage’s mind in this fight? Well, let’s just say, we wouldn’t put our money on it.

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