UFC Live 3: Sanchez vs Kampmann – Quick Results

Event: UFC on Versus: Sanchez vs Kampmann
Date: March 3rd, 2011
Location: KFC Yum! Center, Lousiville, Kentucky

Event Bonuses $400,000 awarded:
Fight of the night: Diego Sanchez vs Martin Kampmann – $160k each.
Submission of the night: Brian Bowles $40k.
KO of the night: Shane Roller $40k.

Attendance: 8,319 with a gate of $471,450

Main Card on Versus

Diego Sanchez def. Martin Kampmann via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)
Mark Munoz def. C.B Dolloway via TKO  0:54 Rd1
Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)
Brian Bowles def. Damacio Page via Submission (Guillotine) 3:30 Rd1

Prelims Facebook
Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision (30-27,25,26)
Danny Castillo def. Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28×2)

Prelims Non-Televised
Shane Roller def. Thiago Tavares via KO (Punch) 1:28 Rd1
Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuban Duran via Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Dongi Yang def. Rob Kimmons via TKO (Strikes) 4:47 Rd2
Rousimar Palhares def. Dave Branch via Submission (Heel Hook) 1:44 Rd2
Igor Pokrajac def. Todd Brown via TKO 5:00 Rd1

Admin Note: Martin Kampmann won the fight, but was then robbed by the judges.

Rashad Evans responds to criticism on waiting out for title shot before injury

By Jamie Penick

Rashad Evans has taken a lot of heat and criticism over the last month after an injury forced him out of a title bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128. A lot of that criticism has come from UFC President Dana White, and much of it was centered on the fact that Evans sat out of action waiting for that title shot instead of taking a fight in the interim. Now, Evans has given his side of the situation, and explained his reasoning for waiting out the fight, and says he wouldn’t have done it differently.

“Say for instance I would have taken a fight then I would have gotten injured training for a fight that wasn’t a title bout. Everybody would have said I was stupid for not waiting,” Evans said in an interview with Duane Finley at BloodyElbow.com. “I got hurt in a freak accident while I was training for the title bout so it’s just something that happened. It probably couldn’t have happened another one in a million times but it happened to me and with no time to spare.

“Let me set a few things straight… first and foremost I was not afraid to fight. I would have fought but I wanted it to be for something. Dana White and the UFC didn’t want to do an interim belt so therefore I waited. What was my guarantee and what would I really have been fighting for? I can tell you what I do fight for and that’s to be the champion and what would a win against somebody else have gotten me when I had already earned the number one contender spot?”

For Evans the fight game is about much more than just the in cage action, and the business end of things is something he feels needs more attention from fighters at times.

 

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Dana White: “Fedor Emelianenko Looks Old and It’s Over”

By Tom Ngo

Although Dana White held UFC 127 this past Saturday in Australia, and is hosting a freebie fight card this Thursday in Kentucky, the Octagon president had more than enough time on his hands to drop his two cents on Fedor Emelianenko.

According to the brash promoter, the Russian’s best days are well in his rear-view mirror and his fanboys simply need to live in the now.

“His fans just need to deal with it. Deal with the fact that he’s not one of the best in the world. It’s over,” White matter of factly told MMAFighting. “All that was back in 2005. It’s not 2005 anymore.

“Guy’s been inactive, hasn’t fought anybody good in a long time. He looks old and it’s over. It is what it is.”

White has tried to recruit Emelianenko to fight inside of his Octagon for years to no avail. To him, Fedor will always be the one that got away. It appears his heartbreak has quickly subsided since “The Last Emperor” was finished in his last two outings.

 

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Fitch says he won the fight, Dana strongly disagrees

By Fighters Only

Jon Fitch has sat down and watched his UFC 127 fight with BJ Penn – and thinks the judges should have awarded him the win rather than declaring the fight to be a draw.

“Finally watched the fight back myself. First [round] draw and I won [round] 2 and 3. I will prove myself if I must. But I know I won that fight,” he wrote on The Underground.

“Much respect to BJ. He is the legend I thought he was. I think that was the best BJ any of us have ever seen.”

Unfortunately for Fitch, UFC president Dana White shot his performance to bits after the event and said he believed Penn should have been awarded the win.

“Fitch is one of these guys that goes, ‘Oh, I want my respect,’” White said. “He just fought a 155-pound guy and went to a draw with him and in my opinion, he lost the first two rounds – and he’s crying for a title shot?

“Personally, I scored the first two rounds for Penn and had him winning the fight. There’s no doubt B.J. got pounded in the third round, but that wasn’t a 10-8 round. You’ve got to get in there and decisively beat people. You have to have fans clamouring for you to fight for the title.”

 

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Admin Note: I scored the fight also. Jon Fitch clearly won that fight.

Bisping awaits White call over possible suspension

By ESPN

All eyes are on UFC president Dana White after Jorge Rivera‘s camp called for Michael Bisping to be suspended following the incidents that occurred at UFC 127.

Bisping beat Rivera by second-round stoppage on Saturday, but only after he had driven an illegal knee into the American‘s head. The Briton later celebrated in front of Rivera’s camp, who claim he spat in their direction.

The accusation is firmly denied by Bisping, who insists he merely went over to show what he thought of them after several pre-fight videos that abused the Brit, but that has not stopped Rivera’s Alchemist Management calling for a fine and suspension.

“Michael Bisping’s conduct in the Octagon at UFC 127 was unconscionable, unprofessional, and smacks of a man with no morals or character,” read the statement.

 

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Trevor Wittman Responds to Dana White’s Criticism

By Mitch Ciccarelli

Following a unanimous-decision loss to the love child of William Hung and Liu Kang (from Mortal Kombat), Yushin Okami, at UFC 122 this past November, Nate Marquardt and his cornermen received some heavy criticism from UFC President Dana White.

White called Marquardt a “choke artist” and accused his corner of telling the former King of Pancrase that he was winning the fight rather than telling the middleweight contender to “go for broke” in the third round of a bout that may not have been scored in his favor.

Trevor Wittman, the owner and operator of Grudge Training Center in Colorado and one of MMA’s premier striking coaches, was in Marquardt’s corner for that fight.

A lot of what White said was directed towards him, and while one would assume that Wittman would feel insulted, he actually applauds White for speaking his mind in the way that he did.

“The thing is I think it’s great. For [Dana White] to push for more exciting fights, I think, is the best thing he can say. He’s out there pushing his brand, he’s a promoter, he’s promoting fights so for him to say something like that is great,” Wittman said.

“Now do I think he talks a little bit emotional? I think so, and I do [that] too, I’m passionate about what I do. I’m not mad at him at all for saying what he said, it wakes me and Greg [Jackson] up a little bit and gets our fire going and makes us more passionate to show you what kind of trainers we are and what type of team we have.”

 

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Dana White Says He Thought BJ Penn Beat Jon Fitch

By John Heinis

UFC President Dana White wasted little time in voicing his opinion about UFC 127’s main event.  White told ESPN.com “I didn’t think it was a draw”, disagreeing with the final decision of the fight.

“Personally, I scored the first two rounds for Penn and had him winning the fight. There’s no doubt B.J. got pounded in the third round, but that wasn’t a 10-8 round.”

White is notorious for having a problem with guys who can’t finish fights, and few fighters have the propensity to grind out decisions like Jon Fitch does.  Fitch has had his past nine fights go to the scorecards, not finishing a fight since 2007, when he made Roan Carneiro tap out from a rear naked choke.

In 23 professional victories, Fitch has won 13 by decision.

White, who said that Fitch would get a welterweight title shot after his victory against Thiago Alves in August of 2010, quickly changed his tune once Jake Shields signed with the UFC.  Is a draw against BJ Penn reason enough for Fitch to get another crack at the title?

Well, the short answer is no, as far as Dana White is concerned.

“Fitch is one of these guys that goes, ‘Oh, I want my respect,'” White said. “He just fought a 155-pound guy and went to a draw with him and in my opinion, he lost the first two rounds — and he’s crying for a title shot?”

 

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