Fights & Highlights

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Violence. Let's face it -- we all enjoy it.

It's why the rap group N.W.A. was a hit with suburban white kids, why films like Scarface, Reservoir Dogs, and Friday the 13th became cult classics, and a big part of why we watch MMA.

Sure, we can calmly and eloquently explain to others how every individual aspect of the sport can be found in the Olympics; except for grappling with strikes, but, "That was called 'Pankration' and can be traced back to the earliest of all sports, even depicted on ancient vases and pottery," you might explain like a wise school teacher.

But we should all be able to admit it's enjoyable to watch Mirko CroCop's highlight reel and watch "the cemetary kick" topple a series of human dominoes, or admire the quick and deadly beauty of punching flurries delivered by Igor Vovchanchyn, Vitor Belfort, or even Phil Baroni while their opponent's head bobbles back and forth like a speed bag.

Wanderlei Silva was asked for his prediction on an upcoming Pride fight, and his answer became legendary:  "I promise violence."  And violence is what he and the Chute Boxe team were known for providing on a regular basis.

 

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New Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson made his MMA debut in impressive fashion by winning three consecutive tournaments.

First, it was the Brazil Open in 1997, then he went through Carlos Newton and Allan Goes to win the UFC 17 tournament.  Traveling overseas, "Hendo" entered the stacked RINGS "King of Kings" tournament in 1999, and beat two opponents in the opening night (the second being future Pride competitor Hiromitsu Kanehara).

Here's where it gets good -- in the last segment of the tournament, Henderson won three matches to attain the tournament crown in 2000.  The names he tore through in the same night are still prominent today:  Gilbert Yvel, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Renato "Babalu" Sobral.

Of course, Yvel was a feared kickboxer who went on to compete in Pride and the UFC, Big Nog was the longstanding Pride heavyweight champion and UFC interim heavyweight champ, and Babalu was a top contender in the UFC 205-pound class and at one time Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ.

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Another action packed night of MMA took place last night courtesy of Strikeforce, as the "Feijao vs. Henderson" card did not disappoint.  A video recap of the entertaining show is posted after the fold.

With the light-heavyweight belt on the line, the main event between Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Dan Henderson was a back and forth war.  Feijao staggered Henderson in the first round with an overhand right, but the wily veteran hit a takedown and slowed the action wisely in order to recuperate.  It was Henderson's now trademarked "H-bomb" that turned Cavalcante's lights out in the third, adding another belt to Henderson's collection.

Liz Carmouche impressed after taking the fight on short notice against women's welterweight champ Marloes Coenen.  Carmouche endured a guillotine attempt from the Golden Glory fighter to assume a dominant top-position and rain down strikes, and more than held her own until Coenen latched a slick triangle for a fourth round victory.  Devastating striker Melvin Manhoef faced the gritty Tim Kennedy, and showed improved takedown defense to enable a crippling leg kick.  The persistence of Kennedy persevered, as the burly wrestler eventually secured a takedown that lead to the mata leao, forcing a first round tapout.

 

20-2 Indiana heavyweight Dave "Pee Wee" Herman has just inked a deal with the UFC.  With only one win by decision, you'll find Dave Herman spends more time walking to the cage than he does fighting in it.  Check him out making quick work of his foes in this collection of his fight videos.

 

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