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Diaz Does Daley: A nervy Nick Diaz destroys a relatively out-of-condition Paul Daley at Strikeforce, San Diego


Paul Daley is not the first to gas in the octagon and he probably won’t be the last. That physical lapse,  as in many other fights before him,  was the half the story behind why Daley failed to kick Nick Diaz’s you-know-what and take his Strikeforce Welterweight belt in San Diego tonight. The other half of the story – the incontrovertible half – was Nick Diaz  is one bad mofo.  He  proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he deserves the Strikeforce welterweight belt beyond the  10 man tear he has been on lately. And twice during that intense first round, Diaz proved  that he could take a punch way better than the bombastic Daley.  Starting with the trash talking in the opening seconds, Diaz went on to pummel the stocky Brit into an early daze that had him looking for a take-down. (My oh my, talk about turning the tables on the Brit who usually punches other fighters into early KO or TKO!) A wobbled Daley recovered from that early pummeling and true to customary form knocked Diaz down twice but could not – for the life of the Queen – finish the American wunderkind.  What gave? Well quite a few things actually. Diaz was no Koscheck for starters! He came out to prove that  and then some right from the opening moments.

Diaz does Daley - Strikeforce 04-09-11

Diaz does Daley at Strikeforce 04-09-11 in San Diego, California: The mouthy Brit is done in by poor conditioning not to mention Nick Diaz’s flamin’ fists of fury.

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UFC 117: Chael Sonnen’s romp through Anderson Silva’s Forbidden City ends with a choke and a near death experience (Fight video)


Chael Sonnen’s cheeky romp through the Forbidden City ended as all cartoon strips with morality tales do: with sudden comeuppance – in this case  a choke to ye  ol’ windpipe and intimations of a near death experience. Sounds familiar? Well it should because the plot is as old as classic fable.

Silva chokes out Sonnen - Jeff Chiu, AP

Very few people beyond Anderson Silva's corner saw this coming, the anaconda moment as The Spiderman chokes out Chael Sonnen, with two minutes left in the 5th and final round of UFC 117. (Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP)

The ultimate bottomline is that UFC 117 surprised the hell out of everyone. And its end, sudden and surreptitious, caught even  Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg off guard. The explosive reaction that reverbrated worldwide  was right up there with the storied endings of famous fights  since the beginning of MMA. (Shades of Werdum vs Fedor or Lesnar vs Carwin anyone?) Continue reading

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

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 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?

Applause!

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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The Machida Era Is Over! Shogun knocks out Machida at UFC 113 to become new light-heavyweight champion


UFC 113 started with a dance  reminiscent of UFC 104 with Mauricio Shogun Rua stalking a retreating Machida. Shogun was Fred Astaire to Machida’s Ginger Rogers. But Shogun’s motives were more sinister than the coat-tailed meister of dance lore. That soon become clear because 3.52 minutes into the first round, Shogun  pounced on  Machida with a blow to the left temple. Machida fell back and an energized Shogun  followed him to the ground with blows which knocked Machida out cold by the fifth or sixth blow. By the time of Shogun’s victory was announced, Machida’s left eye had become all bloodied  and swollen almost  shut.

The long and short of this? Machida and his team had worked hard to plug up the holes in Machida’s game – namely the vulnerability to leg kicks and the need for an effective deterrent to Shogun’s  advances but the end result was not enough to stop Shogun.  Among the reason Shogun won tonight were the following:

1.  Machida was never effective at establishing a tactical  perimeter that Shogun respected.  Without this, Machida had zero tactical deterrence.  In any case maintaining such a perimeter would have called for an alteration of  Machida basic M.O.  and conditioned instincts. Put another way Machida just didn’t have enough of a hard offense to give Shogun pause before advancing on him.

2.  Machida could not handle being hit and brutalized mentally. Its not in his past – and probably not in his future. We do not advocate the Wanderlei Silva school of pugilism because it leads to brain damage – but it does have its merits – namely the ability to deter advancers.

3.  Machida could not handle being hit and brutalized physically. Read that no chin.  Machida had no chin.  Shogun took strikes better than Machida.  Simple.

4.  Machida’s takedowns at 1.46″ and 2.42″ didn’t work because Shogun was able to get up using his strength. And while on the ground, he used his tactical advantage to avoid being brutalized.

5. The stand-up clinches at the edge of the octagon worked against Machida in the same way they worked against Frank Mir in the Mir/Carwin fight. Besides the sneaky punches, Shogun was wailing on his knee – which did not bode well for Machida’s legs – his mode of  rear and lateral mobility.

6.  Shogun deployed an effective run-and-gun strategy at about 2.30″ with Machida doing the running and Shogun doing the gunning. The strategy paid off as Shogun caught Machida with a strike to the face at 2.34″ which clearly snapped Machida’s head back. This was one of the points at which Machida could have been brought down. We raised this point in our article “In Search of the Machida Killer.”

After viewing the fight, go back to the replay sequence at 4.35″ in the video link below for an amazing  precis of the entire fight in compressed time  because it dramatizes the points that made Shogun the winner and Machida the loser. That amazing sequence starts with Machida throwing a knee to Shogun’s midsection and then following with a straight left fist strike at the same time that Shogun is deploying a looping right punch. Machida misses with a strike that could have brought Shogun down but Shogun’s loopy hook finds its mark on Machida’s left temple. Machida promptly goes down. Shogun smelling bacon piles on and unloads a flurry of strikes to the head and face  in the  guard position and Machida goes limp  before the last three blows.

Shogun stops hitting Machida before the referee even moves in to stop the fight. Now there is class for you to make up for what was missing in the Daley/Koscheck fight. Shogun goes onto to steal hearts and minds with his congratulation of all the mothers, his mom and his wife who has just had a baby on the occasion of the impending Mothers’ Day.  We could see dudes tearing up over their beer  suds.

But the bottom-line for the hard-bitten fans was that a wrong had been righted and order had been restored to the Light Heavyweight Division. The senile judges of UFC 104 could now be encouraged to take early retirement.

Google Lyoto Machida vs Mauricio Shogun, UFC 113 video.

Mauricio Shogun Rua

UFC 113 and the younger face of the new Light Heavyweight Champion of the UFC, Mauricio Shogun Rua. Compared to Shogun, Machida is a softie. Yes, you read that right, a softie.

Our Hit & Miss on Paul Daley vs Jeff Koscheck: Our Cyberaxis call was off on Paul Daley vs Jeff Koscheck,  but not by much. We missed the end result: a win by Koscheck over Paul Daley in a lackluster wrassling game that had fans booing, but not the underlying analysis. It is clear that result would have been totally different had Jeff Koscheck decided to go toe-to-toe with Paul Daley like he said he might out of sheer cockiness. He did not – because his momma didn’t raise a fool. Paul Daley is hard. Jeff Koscheck is soft.  From the opening round he cowered behind a crappy ground game that did not result in any pounding or effective submission holds.  Paul Daley is too strong for that shit. And with 36 seconds left in the first round, Jeff Koscheck did the old fake-a-roo worthy of a European League soccer player after a knee that could have hit him in the face clearly missed his mug.  He lived up to his mamma’s boy rep (Daley’s characterization) when he carried on for a minute or two like he had been kneed in the face, a ruse that stopped the fight for about a minute or two while the referee got to the bottom of things. When it was clearly established that Koscheck had not been kneed in the face, the fight promptly resumed with Koscheck falling back on the tried and true – the wrestling which yielded  ground-with-nary-a pound. The fans booed intermittently. Koscheck had reneged on facing Daley on a front that could have produced fireworks, but perhaps at Koscheck’s expense. He did what GSP, Matt Hughes and a couple of others routinely do; i.e. go technical and incremental  on the fans’ dime and wangle decision wins out of three rounds. A win is a win, right? Well, yes and no. I do not see fans buying into Koscheck stock any time too soon. Read that tickets. Read that draws.  There a the win and then there is the power and there is the glory. Jeff Koscheck just had a win at the price of a cheap ticket. The down side of this is that he is now destined to be the coach of  The Ultimate Fighter TV show opposite George St. Pierre. This sets him up for a snoozer of a finale with GSP at the end of the season. Who is gonna be watching this one? Not us here at Cyberaxis. For Dana White, it goes on to show the wisdom of delaying some announcements about who is gonna do who until fighters have actually deported themselves in completed fights.  In our view Koscheck doesn’t deserve to be on that show. What is he gonna teach future UFC grunt? Oi vei!

Koscheck as octagonal provocateur & Daley as dick-headed dolt: You already know of what happened 5 seconds after the end of the final round (Paul Daley walked up to Jeff Koscheck and sucker punched him in the face. That was a travesty unseen and unheard of in the UFC and none of us at Cyberaxis  condone such behavior.

Now that the cat is out of the bag – well, kinda – it turns out that Daley must be one of the dumbest dicks fighting in MMA. Whether its relative youth or dumb gone dumber in the heat of the moment, it appears he deserves harsh punishment. Being afforded a license to fight pay carries with it responsibilities fairly similar to those of  a driving license.  One cannot be reckless  without consequence.

Now having said that the question remains about what punishment would be befitting  Daley’s crime.  What the athletic commission is gonna do is still out there. The UFC, through Dana White, has indicated that it has cut Daley from UFC fights for life. We think that is too way too harsh. A two year suspension would have been tough enough. Cutting Daley for life is like using a hammer to squash a gnat. Overkill at its worst. The thing you’ll probably hurt beyond the gnat is the furniture.

Soon after the unfortunate incident, we had maintained that that the non-sweet nothings Koscheck had whispered in  Daley’s ear should have been considered as possible mitigating circumstances, depending on what those non-sweet nothings were.  (See Koscheck’s remarks on the ESPN post-fight show)  Well, it turns out that there isn’t much there to mitigate the seriousness of what Daley did.

“I know people will make a big deal about what Koscheck said to me after the fight, but that didn’t play a factor. He said I was a (expletive) and that I couldn’t get up and whatever. I think he is just trying to make a bad situation worse,” (Paul Daley) MMAWeekly.com

That is it. End of story. If Josh had said something worse than that, Daley would have coughed it up in his own defence. So as things stand now, he doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on except the overly harsh punishment he has received to date at the hands of the UFC. Daley’s official apology, published  through the Daily Telegraph, seems to have done little to change his situation.

On top of the fact of being a certifiable jerk, Koscheck’s words can never justify what Daley did. On top of that, what ticked Dana off among other things was Daley’s dumb response, when asked why he had punched Koscheck. He reportedly said that he hadn’t heard the bell – which was certifiable B.S. If he had deferred his answer, he might have had a better chance to clear his mind and say something honest and substantive at after the post-fight hubbub.

“He’s done.  He will never be back. I don’t care if he goes all over the world, goes on a winning streak, becomes the best 170-pound fighter in the world or even the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, he’s never fighting in the UFC again.”(Dana White, UFC President on ESPN post-fight show)

That is pretty strong stuff that may not be reversible in the future.  One of the things working against Daley’s  is that as a 170 pounder, he is fairly disposable and Dana White knows that  he will never be desperate for a 170 pounder the way he is desperate for heavyweights like Fedor Emelianenko. In this biz fame is kind of measured by the pound  – Brock Lesnar and company being cases in point.

We hope that if Daley doesn’t melt down in the next couple of years and demonstrates an enviable work ethic outside the UFC, he may, through intermediaries, be allowed to come back for a second chance.  The inauspicious aspect of this timetable is that in two years he will be about Shogun’s age, which in MMA terms is prime time territory. So his best bet is to go out and fight like the UFC never existed, and only come back if comeback opportunities present themselves.  We will keep our fingers crossed. Meanwhile we can predict that Jeff Koscheck will fizzle within that time – not to mention losing fans as layers of his dick-hood are peeled layer after layer.

And then Kimbo Slice showed up but minus his cardio to lose in a lop-sided fashion to crazyman Matt Matrione whose grin bespoke of someone in an altered state of consciousness. About half-way through the fight a friend remarked that Kimbo Slice  should have stayed with busting street bums. As marginally unconscionable as that sounded, there was a grain of truth in it.

Mauricio Shogun Rua - Eerie Mix

Shogun Rua: “Portait of an MMA Grunt as a Young Man” – An eerie mix of sweet and scary.

Shogun Rua Going Forward: How long Shogun will hold onto the Light Heavyweight is anybody’s guess. There are just too many credible challengers to the throne he now holds. If he can hold on for just a couple of years, besides upping the ante on the skill factor, Shogun would be a marketer’s dream because his Q-factor is off the charts. The easy going manner, the smile and the ethic are poised to make him millions (See what he said to the camera after his victory was announced.)

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Appendix:

ESPN Post-fight UFC 113 Show

Koscheck wins the title, Daley shown the door (Dave Metzer, Yahoo Sports)

Pep Talk – Justice is served (Larry Pepe, Fight)

Dana White sends message to fans, fighters (Franklin McNeil, ESPN)