Jaun Valle Bluegrassmma.com (Left), Myself, David McKinney (Right)
I’ve been doing this website thing for a while now and for the majority of the time, it has been a solo effort. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the help I have received along the way.
Every once in awhile someone will ask me why I don’t hire a writer or have people work for me and my reasoning is that there just aren’t that many people who understand our niche well enough to talk about It, let alone write it down and make it semi interesting. Couple that with my belief that there are too many posers in this little world we live in and I’m not the type to sacrifice the product to make my life easier.
With that said, I am pleased to tell you that I have come out of my shell a bit and went ahead and partnered up with a former competitor now friendly partner writer, OHMMA.com’s David McKinney.
Please, hold your applause til the end.
Together Dave and I will work to cover as much stuff going on around the area as possible including Ohio combat sports but also focus on fighting here, in the tri-state region. Dave had this to say:
"I'm excited about the opportunity to come on board with StandThemUp.org as a contributor. I have been a loyal reader of the site since before I started covering local MMA a few years ago, and I'm excited about the opportunity to branch out and cover things outside of Ohio. I can't wait to bring my coverage of Ohio MMA to STU, and I'll still be running OHMMA.com for the time being."
So what does this mean exactly?
With an additional writer, I will be able to cover more “stuff” including events, fighters and day to day happenings (AKA Facebook beef). This merger will be taking place effective immediately and for the time being OHmma.com will still be up and running.
Would someone please be so kind to start the slow clap now. Thanks.
Bellator 106 Results and Thoughts
I went to Dave and Buster's in Homestead last night to watch Bellator's formerly-pay-per-view, now made free to the public, "episode" 106. I got an hefty sense of relief afterwards that I didn't get suckered into paying for this one which on paper looked great, but in reality ended up being average at best. Overall I think Bellator and Viacom dodged the preverbal bullet here because if this product was their first offering as pay-to-watch programing, they may never have that option to go back to again.
- I missed Richman's TKO while waiting for my check from P.F Changs but I saw the GIF and looked pretty brutal.
- I also missed Joe Riggs losing... again. Not much else to say about that one.
- Daniel Straus employed an intelligent gameplan to get past Pat Curran and become the new Bellator featherweight champion. Was it the war people were expected from Curran? No. But sometimes that's the way these things go and Straus mixed up his takedowns and striking well enough to get the nod.
- Emanuel Newton bested King Mo in a snoozer decision that reconfirmed how lucky myself and anyone else who considered buying this thing, was that Bellator decided to run it as a free show.
- The shining star of the night was the out and out war between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler. Both guys had their moments and things started heating up right from the bell. Alvarez looked notably faster and was moving considerably better than the did in the first fight. That did not mean that he walked away with out eating about 40 right hands from Chandler who showed zero respect for the former top 5 in the world. The decision was razor thin and I could make an argument for either guy to win here. But I won't because I like Alvarez and I want to see him against some of the world's best IE; in the UFC.
Check out the results below:
- Eddie Alvarez def. Michael Chandler via split decision
- Emanuel Newton def. King Mo Lawal via unanimous decision
- Daniel Straus def. Pat Curran via unanimous decision
- Joe Riggs def. Mike Bronzoulis via unanimous decision
- Mike Richman def. Akop Stepanyan via first-round TKO
- Jesse Juarez def. Joe Williams via submission (guillotine) (1st, :57)
- Cristiano Souza def. Alejandro Garcia via submission (rear-naked choke) (R3, 3:06)
- Brandon Halsey def. Hector Ramirez via first-round TKO (0:52)
- Mike Guymon def. Aaron Miller via submission (triangle) (2nd, 4:20)
- Cleber Luciano def. Joe Camacho via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Josh Smith def. Darren Smith via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Cody "No Love" Garbrandt Interview with Beards On MMA Podcast
No Love explained his twitter tag team the "Sailor Game" and how things have been going for him at his new training camp with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male. Plus an assortment of other crazy stories from Garbrandt's childhood.
If you get a chance, it's worth a listen.
If you haven't reserved your tickets for the 27th, you can do so through this link HERE.
Bellator This Weekend
This card has taken some fairly serious punishment over the last couple weeks including falling from pay per view back to standard cable, losing it's "main" event between Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson and reportedly only selling less than 2,000 tickets total.
Not a great start, but not at all surprising in today's watered down MMA market. Even though the PPV idea crashed and burned, it still offers an awesome line up of talent such as Eddie Alvarez taking on the only guy to beat him in awhile, Mike Chandler, Jr., King "Mo" trying to regain some relevancy in a rematch against Emmanuel Newton and Ohio's Daniel Straus taking on arguably Bellator's best home grown product in Pat Curran.
I know what you're thinking and you're right bro, it's an awesome line up for a free event. As much as I personally dislike both Tito and Rampage, I couldn't help but be oddly curious as to how that one would have turned out but at the same time, it was the least meaningful bout above the prelims.
This event is coming to you live and direct from Spike Tv starting at 9:00pm. Check out the full card below.
- 155 lbs.: Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez
Spike TV Main Card (9 p.m. ET):
- 205 lbs.: Muhammed Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton for Interim Light Heavyweight Championship
- 145 lbs.: Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus
- 170 lbs.: Mike Bronzoulis vs. Joe Riggs (Fight Master Tournament Final)
- 155 lbs.: Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan
Spike.com "Prelims" (5:30 p.m. ET):
- 170 lbs.: Alejandro Garcia vs. Cristiano Souza
- 170 lbs.: Jesse Juarez vs. Joe Williams
- 205 lbs.: Brandon Halsey vs. Hector Ramirez
- 170 lbs.: Mike Guymon vs. Aaron Miller
- 155 lbs.: Joe Camacho vs. Cleber Luciano
- 155 lbs.: Darren Smith vs. Josh Smith
FundaFighter: Jessica Zomcik
Evolve's Jessica "The Zombie" Zomcik (8-3) is preparing for her November 29th Tuff-N-Uff tournament final bout and has set up a Fundafighter page to help cover the cost of training and travel expenses. Zomcik works as a seamstress during the day while moonlighting as an amateur fighter and won her first bout in the tournament via submission back in September.
You can donate anywhere from five dollars to five hundred and each donation comes with its own specific gift in return. Do your good deed for the day and build some karma points along the way by putting a couple bucks in the hat to help out someone else.
"Big Chief" vs. "Deezol" & Santiago vs. Draper added to Nov. 30th Boxing Event
You're probably trying to figure out how exactly Boone is as dangerous as he is while holding a 19w-21L type record.
Boone is the only fighter to ever drop current untouchable Andre Ward and he actually stopped juggernaut Adonis Stevenson, handing him his only loss.
These two feats alone would define most fighter's careers, and definitely add an element of interest to the match up.
Check out the press release below:
Two mouthwatering matchups have been announced as added features to the historical Saturday November 30th, 2013 event being presented by Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in association Roy Jones Jr. Presents, Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions & TNT Promotions headlined by the 12 Round WBA Super Lightweight Interim World Title fight between Paul "The Pittsburgh Kid" Spadafora & Johan "El Terrible" Perez. Spadafora of course also attempts to make history in the Championship bout by capturing his 49th victory & tying the late great Rocky Marciano's all-time win record without a loss.
Super Middleweight prospect "Big Chief" Morgan Fitch takes a COLOSSAL step up in class when he faces a fighter above him the rankings in Darnell "DEEZOL" Boone, the only man on the planet to not only knockdown Boxing's #2 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the world today Andre Ward, but also KNOCKOUT current Ring Magazine & WBC World Champion & 2013 Fighter of the Year Candidate Adonis Stevenson as well as provide current Ring Magazine #2 & WBO World Champion Sergey Kovalev his stiffest test in a razor thin split decision.
Prospect Wilkins "The Hispanic Hurricane" Santiago also steps up to the plate to face current NABC & Indiana State Light Middleweight Champion Eric "The Juggernaught" Draper. This intriguing battle follows the story line that both fighters have a common 2013 opponent in Mustafah Johnson whereas Santiago won a closely contested decision, but Draper turned the lights out in a sensational KO victory.