This Week in MMA History…
Throwback Thursday is a weekly article written about the events and news that have happened in the world of MMA during this week. The twist, we’ll be going back in time to show you the events that already happened and are forever stitched into our minds. This week we take a look at May 11 to May 17.
UFC 9: Motor City Madness
For the first event held in Detroit, MI, the UFC put on a Superfight Championship bout between the champ Ken Shamrock and Michigan born and raised Dan Severn. This fight happened a year prior at UFC 6 with Shamrock reigning victorious. Starting off the night was a bout between Don Frye and Amaury Bitetti. Frye would win the fight by TKO 9 minutes in. The next fight lasted just 40 seconds with Mark Hall getting his own TKO win over Koji Kitao. A 12 minute fight between Gary Goodridge and Mark Schultz ended when a cut on Goodridge rendered him unable to continue. In the ‘co-main’ event of sorts Steve Nelmark got the doctors stoppage win over 7 minutes in. In the main event, they saw all 30 minutes of action with Severn taking the title away from Shamrock by split decision.
UFC 17: Redemption
It was a busy night in Mobile, Alabama as the UFC had fights in 3 different weight classes, a title fight and a Middleweight tournament. The night started with that tournament with former two-time Olympian Dan Henderson and future UFC Welterweight champion Carlos Newton advancing to fight each other to be crowned the tournament winner. Newton would only need 54 seconds before putting on a Triangle Choke to tap out Bob Gilstrap. ‘Hendo’ did it a little differently as he won his fight by decision. When the two met in the finals, Henderson would come out on top with a split-decision win. A Light-Heavyweight bout gave us the first look at future legend Chuck Liddell as it took him all 12 minutes to win a decision over Noe Hernandez.
The night continued with four Heavyweight fights, all ending with a finish. The first fight of ended with a knockout by Andre Roberts as he hit Harry Moskowitz with an elbow. Mike Van Arsdale put a kimura on Joe Pardo 11 minutes in. David ‘Tank’ Abbott beat Hugo Duarte with a TKO. In the last Heavyweight fight, Pete Williams hit Mark Coleman with the first head kick knockout we had ever seen in the UFC. The main event was a Light Heavyweight title as Frank Shamrock beat veteran Jeremy Horn with a Kneebar 16 minutes in.
UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier
A 12 fight card wasn’t the most exciting we’ve ever seen, but it got the job done. 8 of 12 fights ended in a decision, with 3 of the remaining 4 by submission. The 6 fight prelim card on Facebook started with a decision as Francisco Rivera beat Alex Soto. The first finish came from now Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos as he won by Rear-Naked Choke over Kamal Shalrous. TJ Grant would pick up a decision win over Carlo Prater. The only other finish on the prelims; Cody McKenzie got his patented Guillotine win over Marcus LeVesseur.
The main card started with the only knockout win as Tom Lawlor needed less than a minute to put Jason MacDonald away. The next four fights all ended in a decision as Igor Pokrajec, Yves Jabouin, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Amir Sadollah all picked up wins. The main event was a three round war to start off as it looked as though Chan Sung Jung (aka ‘The Korean Zombie’) and Dustin Poirier may never end with a winner. The fourth round had barely started when ‘Korean Zombie’ found the neck of Poirier and beat him with a D’Arce Choke.
WEC 27: Marshall vs. McElfresh
In the home for MMA, WEC 27 took place with a Light Heavyweight title fight as the headliner. Champion Doug Marshall saw challenger Justin McElfresh in what could have been a five round championship fight. The prelim card saw 5 of 6 fights end with a finish. Eric Schambari got the only decision as he beat Art Santore. The next three ended in a KO/TKO as Ed Ratcliff, Manny Tapia and Tom Speer picked up wins. The last fight on the prelims saw Marcus Hicks submit Sergio Gomez with a Guillotine in the second round. The main card started with a TKO win for Sherron Leggett. The co-main event saw Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller get his 23rd career victory in a unanimous decision victory over Hiromotsu Miura. The main event didn’t last long as Marshall retained his Light Heavyweight title with a knockout over McElfresh half way through the first round.
Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina
In the first ever Strikeforce Challengers event, a 9 match card was one that people wanted to watch. To start off the night Ben Holscher needed just over half the first round to get his Rear-Naked Choke win over Cody Canterbury. Future UFC fighter Fabricio Camoes also got a Rear-Naked Choke win when he beat Torrance Taylor. In a Heavyweight fight, Lavar Johnson need 18 seconds to knockout his opponent. The co-main event saw two of the best 135 pound women as Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman met in the cage. Kaufman would grind out a decision win. The main event did not come without some drama. The fight originally ended in a DQ win for Evangelista, but was challenged by the camp of Mike Aina. The decision was overturned by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) to a No-Contest.
Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery
The Heavyweights took the main stage in St. Louis for Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. The seven fight prelim card started off with a split decision win for Darryl Cobb. The next saw Michael Chandler (known then by Mike Chandler) get the Rear-Naked Choke just under a minute in. The next four bouts all ended with submissions. The last fight on the prelims, Vitor Ribeiro picked up decision win over Lyle Beerbohm.
Starting off the main card was a Light Heavyweight bout between Antwain Britt and Rafael Cavalcante. ‘Faijao’ would pick up the knockout win in the first round. Roger Gracie did what a Gracie does when he submitted Kevin Randleman with a Rear-Naked Choke in the second round. Future Strikeforce champion Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza beat his opponent Joey Villasenor by decision. The co-main event saw a really good Heavyweight fight between Andrei Arlovski and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. ’Bigfoot’ would get the decision win for his seventh win in his last 8 fights. The main event, a Heavyweight title fight, saw Alistair Overeem do his normal and get a TKO win in the first round over Brett Rogers to retain his title.
Bellator 7 and Bellator 8
The event took place on Friday, May 15 but was aired the next night on tape delay on ESPN Deportes. In the non-tournament fights, the night started with a women’s bout at 135 pounds. Kerry Vara beat Leslie Smith by unanimous decision. The next two fights ended in submissions with Jacob Volkmann beating Kevin Knabjian with a D’Arce choke. Jesse Juarez would get a TKO win over DeRay Davis in the Welterweight division. Former UFC Heavyweight Eddie Sanchez picked up his first Bellator win with a TKO win over Jay White. The Welterweight semi-final fights were the main attraction with Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz getting TKO wins to move on.
In a small town in Louisiana, Bellator put on a main event for the ages and the semi-final fights of the Featherweight division. In the non-tournament fights, 4 of the five ended in a KO/TKO. Former college football player turned MMA fighter Shaw Jordan got a TKO win over Douglas Williams in the first round. The last bout on the prelim card saw an armbar win for Bill Albrecht. The main card started with a Featherweight semi-final fight won by Joe Warren. The next fight saw future champion Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire beat Wilson Reis. In a 190 pound catchweight fight, former Judo Olympian Hector Lombard needed just six seconds to beat Jay Silva by knockout.
At Bellator 44, a four fight main card was capped off by a Lightweight tournament final. The night started with Jay Silva getting a decision win over Gemiyale Adkins. A Heavyweight bout between Randy Smith and Jamall Johnson ended with a Rear-Naked Choke win in the second round for Johnson. The main card started with future Middleweight champion Alexander Schlemenko getting a decision win over Brett Cooper. The co-main event saw the brilliance of Hector Lombard continue as his ridiculous power showed when he got the knockout win in the third round. In the main event, Michael Chandler overcame being deducted a point in the third round to beat Patricky Freire. Chandler was the Lightweight tournament winner and got his chance at Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
Four different weight classes showcased the Bellator 68 card. Three split decisions and one TKO sums up the prelims pretty well. The main started with a 172 pound catchweight fight between Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf. A doctor’s stoppage gave Zaromskis the win between the second and third rounds. A Lightweight bout was won by Marcin Held as he submitted Derrick Kennington with a heel hook in the first round. A Bantamweight semi-final fight was won by Marcos Galvao. The main event, a Featherweight final, saw Daniel Strauss stamp his ticket for a title shot as he beat Marlon Sandro by unanimous decision.
In the first and only pay-per-view by Bellator, the card was one we may call stacked. The original main event between Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler was scrapped when Alvarez was injured. The new main event was the Light Heavyweight tournament final between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and ‘King Mo’ Lawal. The prelims on Spike TV started with a decision win for Goiti Yamauichi. A kimura won the fight for Lightweight Fabricio Guerriero started the finishes for the night. Marcin Held won by armbar over Nate Jolly for his fourth straight win. In the prelim headlining position, Cheick Kongo beat Eric Smith by TKO.
The main card started off with a Welterweight fight won by TKO as Michael ‘Venom’ Page beat Ricky Rainey. In the Heavyweight tournament final, Alexander Volkov beat Blagoy Ivanov by Rear-Naked Choke. A Light Heavyweight bout saw former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz beat Middleweight champion Alexander Schlemenko in a non-title fight. The fight was ended in the first round when Ortiz caught Schlemenko with an Arm-Triangle choke. The co-main event saw one of the most shocking upsets in recent memory as Will Brooks beat former Lightweight champion Michael Chandler by split decision to take the Interim Lightweight champion. In the main event, a controversial unanimous decision was won by ‘Rampage’ Jackson over ‘King Mo’.
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Exclusive: Jalin Turner vs Noah Tillis set for Bellator LA in January
Bellator LA: Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald, has just had another entertaining fight added as two talented prospects Jalin Turner and Noah Tillis are set to meet in a lightweight bout. Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMA Latest earlier this morning.
Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner makes his return to the Bellator cage for the first time since January 2017, where he defeated Gabriel Green by knockout, in an exciting fight that only lasted 36 seconds. Since the fight, Turner has gone 2-1 where he defeated Paradise Vaovasa by KO, at Tachi PF 31, before dropping his next fight to Richard LeRoy by TKO, at CFX 8. Turner bounced back from the loss by beating Vytautas Sadauskas by submission, at KOTC: Never Quit, back in September.
Noah Tillis is currently coming off of a 9-second submission victory against Jeff Carson, at Gladiator Challenge: American Pride, back in July. The “Submission Magician” has amassed a professional record of 3-2 with three victories coming by submission, DQ, and a TKO due to injury. His two losses coming by way of TKO and decision.
It is unclear where the fight will be featured, but it is assumed it will take place on the undercard. The potential brawl represents a stiff challenge for either man, as well as an opportunity to make some noise in an always deep lightweight division.
The only other fight currently announced on the card is the main event between current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and former UFC title challenger, Rory MacDonald. Bellator LA: Lima vs MacDonald is set to take place on Saturday, January 20th, in Los Angeles, Calfornia, at the Forum.
Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor wants to knockout Trey Branch then fight Brian Moore in Bellator on St. Patricks Day
Going from postlim fights in Bellator to a co-main event and then a main card fight after with such little professional experience isn’t something you’d hear of very often in the slightest. In this case Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor is the exception, who in only his third professional fight went to Ireland as part of the co-main event for a fight with James Gallagher. Taylor became well known to many in the build-up to that fight for being so outspoken and quite an entertainer, something he carries with him to the cage.
Anthony Taylor now has himself a fight lined up in a regional show near his home in California at California Fighting Championships. This will be his first time fighting back in America since May 2016. His last two bouts were in Europe as part of Bellator’s expansion into Europe. Following two losses he now hopes to get back in the win column in front of a home crowd. Taking this fight as a tune off fight Anthony is confident he won’t be touched by his opponent Trey Branch.
“Well, I’m taking this fight because Bellator said I’ll be fighting next year for overseas and it will be a good tune off fight for me. I think of trey like any other fighter. Just a guy who’s not going to touch me nor beat me.”
His opponent Trey Branch is jumping up from flyweight for this fight, Anthony believes he’s going to dominate his opponent and knock him out with ease. Now having 3 career losses coming via submission, he is not worried about his ground game, guaranteeing it was improved from training with some of the top fighters in Bellator.
“I believe I’m going to overpower him and KO him. He’s coming up from 125lb to fight me which I stated to the world on Bellator that I’m the strongest 45er in the world!! And as far as my ground game, it’d be covered and it’s great. Thanks to AJ McKee, Baby Slice, Joey Davis and Aaron Pico. My ground game is great and up there to the level, as there’s”
Looking ahead to next year when he competes in Bellator again, Taylor has his eyes set on a big fight in a return to Irish soil.
“Well Bellator loves me and I proved them that I belong there. I haven’t been told when I was fighting but I hope it’s back in Ireland, and maybe on St. Patricks day and hopefully I’ll fight Brian Moore because me and him been wanting to fight the longest.”
As a training partner for AJ McKee, Taylor was very pleased with how the fight went down, claiming it was a simple enough fight for his teammate that apparently didn’t train much for the fight. Suffering a loss on the initial trip to the emerald isle, “PrettyBoy” wants to come back and take home a win next time around.
“Oh man it was an easy fight for AJ, he only trained 2 weeks for that Brian Moore fight” he laughs “but absolutely it would be a great show if I was also on the show me and James alone still holds the record of views internationally and I’m looking to come back and taking what’s mines which is that W”
The win against Brian Moore could now potentially line up a fight between McKee and James Gallagher, fight fans have long sought after. Having fought against James and training with McKee on the regular Taylor isn’t convinced that Gallagher is ready for the AJ just yet. He also had some words about SBG fighters who were calling out Baby Slice.
“James is not ready for AJ. And people calling out slice since he’s new in the game. Why are sbg guys not calling out Joey Davis?? They are all talk and think that they’re better than everyone.”
With a win on Saturday, Anthony Taylor thinks it will kick him off to a series of consecutive wins that could ultimately land him in a fight with Emmanuel Sanchez.
“Yes it will start off (Saturday) and I believe it will set me up tremendously. I’m only getting better and I plan on winning fights in Bellator and then taking out Emanuel Sanchez. I do not like him, I hate him”
“I don’t like his style and he’s always hating on my teammates so I want his head” he added
Away from the fight scene, Anthony is pleased with the life that he’s got set up for himself with his newfound love since joining Bellator as he now aims to break into the movie industry too.
“Man it’s been great I now have a wonderful woman in my life so I’m happy. I’m acting too, trying to get into the movies industry and God has blessed me which so much love”
You can follow Anthony Taylor on all his social media accounts to keep an eye out for all his upcoming fight information and results.
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