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Posts from — August 2011

UFC 140 set for Toronto

There was little doubt that after the record-shattering UFC 129 that the promotion would return to Toronto as soon as it possibly could. Now, UFC 140 has been set for December 10 in the comfier confines of the 22,000-seat Air Canada Centre. No match-ups have been announced, although it’s a safe bet it Georges St. Pierre won’t be involved as he’s set to defend his welterweight title against Nick Diaz at UFC 137 on October 29. Still, expect a title bout on the card, perhaps at middleweight or light heavyweight. It would also make sense for local favourite Mark Hominick, who nearly upset featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 129, to be on the card.

August 3, 2011   No Comments

Henderson beats Emelianenko with illegal punches

Who do we blame for the atrocious outcome of Saturday’s Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko bout? Referee Herb Dean? The stoppage was quick, especially when it’s Fedor on the ropes, a fighter who’s come back from the brink on more than a few occasions. But Dean stands by his call, and besides, that’s not really my issue.

Okay, it’s a little bit my issue, but mostly it’s that after Henderson landed that first quick right uppercut that rocked Fedor, dropped him onto his face, he followed up with two solid skull-crunchers to the back of Fedor’s head. I’m not saying they were intentional – it’s the heat of the moment, after all – but they were thrown with intent, and accidental or not, they were illegal, 100 percent no questions asked. They were illegal, they put Fedor on Queer Street and Dean jumped in, handing Henderson the victory instead of a disqualification.

No way there should be any celebrating over that win. No way it proves anything. Which is too bad, because until that point the bout was about as exciting as you could hope for, with both fighters trying to land a knockout blow. Instead, we get this… mess, and more questions about Fedor’s future.

August 2, 2011   No Comments

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