April 05, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: MEGA WEEKEND! UFC 69, Pride 34, and IFL

By Collin Welsh

It is a very busy weekend in the world of mixed martial arts. The UFC and the IFL will be firing on all cylinders on Saturday night, while Pride’s event will make for an entertaining Sunday night.

The UFC and the IFL events are important, but Pride 34 will mark the end of an era in the sport of mma. Pride 33 “Kamikaze” will be the last Pride show before the Fertitta brothers take over the company, which will merge the two most dominate promotions in mixed martial arts. Pride and the UFC are expected to still remain separate promotions under one management, but the only competition between the two promotions will be in the ring or the octagon. It will be very interesting to see how the Feritta brothers, along with Dana White handle the superstars of both organizations and deal with having so much power over the growing sport of mma. Nevertheless, the cross promoting and the “Super Bowl of Mixed Martial Arts” promised twice a year, is something that has every fan excited.

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March 29, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: Icon Sport "Epic"

By Collin Welsh

The weather is getting nicer and life just keeps getting busier and busier. The world of mixed martial arts is no different. 2007 is already a historical year and could be the year that is remembered as the year that changed everything. Already 2007 has provided many momentous events and it is only March. Pride being sold to the Fertitta brothers could end up being the biggest move in mixed martial arts history, but only time will tell. The alliances among Strikeforce, K-1, Cage Rage, and Pro Elite that are popping up because of the Feritta’s purchase will also provide great bouts for the fans and further push the sport to new heights.

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March 08, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: News, Rumors, and Reactions

By Collin Welsh

"Randy Couture is my hero"

Randycouture_1UFC 68 was arguably the greatest night in the history of the UFC. Randy Couture demolished and dominated the much larger and younger heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia. The performance was something that even days later still feels like a dream. I had picked Couture to win the title, but I was beyond nervous as he entered the area to the very appropriate Aerosmith song "Back in the Saddle Again". Memories of Couture being knocked out by Liddell, having his eye-socket crushed by Ricco Rodriguez, and being stopped by Josh Barnett kept dancing around my head as Bruce Buffer belted out the introductions. I never expected Couture to start off the fight the way he did and I doubt he could have dreamed up a better scenario. Couture dropped Sylvia with a vicious combination that was punctuated by a big right hand that landed flush on the 6'8 champion’s chin. I leaped out of my seat and would not be able to return to the sofa till the belt was around Couture’s waist. Sylvia was lucky to survive the big right hand and from that moment on Couture dominated Sylvia in a way that no one other than Couture and his training camp believed he could do. Randy Couture’s performance was perfect and his story is truly something that is only seen in the movies.

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March 02, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: UFC 68 “The Uprising”

By Collin Welsh

The UFC will hold its 68th event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow night. The show is headlined by the UFC’s heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia defending his title against the legend, Randy “The Natural” Couture. This bout will mark the return of Couture to active mixed martial arts competition since retiring in 2006. This will also be Couture’s first bout back at heavyweight since UFC 39, way back in 2002.

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February 24, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: Pride 33 "The Second Coming"

By Collin Welsh

Pride 33 The Second Coming will be the promotions second show on American soil. The inaugural show was highlighted by Fedor Emelianenko defeating Mark Coleman, but overall the event was met with mixed reviews. The Pride product and the UFC product are equal in presenting the highest level mixed martial arts, but at the same time both products are very different. Pride 33 will be the companies second attempt to make a larger impact on the North American mixed martial arts scene. As always, competition is good and both Pride and the UFC need each other to further push the sport. The fans will always be the true winners as both companies will try to out do the other.

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February 14, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: News, Notes, and Rumors

By Collin Welsh

It’s time to take a deep breath and relax. The mixed martial arts world has been going 100 mph since the New Year began. It only seems appropriate that we take some time to take a look at the year so far and what the future may hold.

EliteXC’s Debut Leaves Fight Fans With More Questions Than Answers

Why did Frank Shamrock allow himself to be disqualified? After all, he knows the rules.

Renzo Gracie weighed in at a very soft looking 180 pounds. Shamrock on the other hand, weighed at a ripped 185. Shamrock firmly believed that he was going to stream roll Gracie. This was going to be his big return. He was going to become the face of MMA on Showtime and set up some big money fights for himself in the future. Fans must remember that Shamrock was signed to fight Phil Baroni in April on the next Strikeforce card. Shamrock must have believed that he was going to walk through Gracie and then be ready to go come April against "The New York Bad Ass."

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February 08, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: Elite Xtreme Combat "Shamrock vs Gracie"

By Collin Welsh

Mixed martial arts makes its Showtime debut Saturday night live from Southaven, Mississippi. Long time boxing promoter, Gary Shaw enters the world of mma with his newly created Elite Xtreme Combat. The card is headlined by Frank Shamrock taking on Renzo Gracie, and features a number of talented fighters on the undercard. UFC veteran David Loiseau returns to the ring against Joey Villasenor, as well as, heavyweight project Antonio Silva looks to take out brawler Cabbage Correira.

Main Event: Frank Shamrock vs. Renzo Gracie

This fight should have taken place about eight years ago, when both fighters were in their respective prime. However, Gary Shaw felt that this main event would attract viewers, as well as, the attention of the mixed martial arts world. In reality, the fight is not that great of a match up and could be over rather quickly.

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February 02, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: UFC 67 "All Or Nothing"

By Collin Welsh

UFC 67 is the first Pay-Per View of 2007 and offers a solid fight card headlined by the middleweight title fight, as champion Anderson Silva takes on Ultimate Fighter 4 winner Travis Lutter. The card also features the much anticipated UFC debuts of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

UFC Middleweight Championship bout: Anderson Silva (Champion) vs Travis Lutter (Challenger)

Anderson "The Spider" Silva (17-4, 10 wins by TKO) exploded into the UFC’s middleweight division with a devastating first round knockout of Chris Leben. Silva was then quickly giving a title shot against UFC poster boy Rich Franklin, who "The Spider" demolished, to the surprise of many, in the first round. Silva now looks to defend his middleweight championship for the first time against the Ultimate Fighter season 4 winner Travis Lutter.

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January 22, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: Ultimate Fight Night 9

By Collin Welsh

The Ultimate Fighting Championship presents Ultimate Fight Night 9 live on Spike TV from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Florida. The UFC kicks off 2007 with an interesting card that could have a larger impact on the upcoming year, than expected. The fight card includes the UFC debut of Heath Herring, The Ultimate Fighter season two winner Rashad Evans, as well as Nathan Marquardt, Hermes Franca, and Spencer Fisher all stepping into the octagon.

Hermes Franca vs. Spencer Fisher

This match is not the main event to be featured live on Spike TV, but it should be. The winner of this fight will find themselves matched up with the UFC lightweight champion, Sean Sherk sometime this summer. Sherk, who is recovering from shoulder surgery has not defended his title since winning it at UFC 64.

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January 18, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: World Extreme Cagefighting at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas

By Collin Welsh

The Basement Breakdown has moved itself to the great state of Virginia for the next few months. Virginia is not exactly a mixed martial arts hotbed, but is a state where the sport is sanctioned. Alright, enough about the VA. This is a big weekend for the WEC. As the newest acquisition to Zuffa’s growing dynasty, the new WEC will be a real player in the world of mma if it is able to reach Zuffa’s lofty goals. This first show under new management features top notch fighters like Urijah Faber, Rob McCullough, Carlos Condit, and John Alessio. The card also features big time up and comers like muay thai fighter Kit Cope, Joe Pearson, Rich Crunkilton, and Logan Clark.

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