“I could have sat on my ass for the last six months, eating pizza, and I could still beat Jason Miller. The fact is I just did a training camp like I’m fighting Anderson Silva. So, it doesn’t bode well for Jason.”
“With me, the worst thing you can possibly do is piss me off. The worst thing because you’ll be in for an ass kicking.”
“He’s basically underestimated me. He’s completely discrediting me as a mixed martial artist and I take that very seriously. I take offense to that. And I’m going to take that offense out on his face.”
185 lbs.: Michael Bisping (186.25)* vs. Jason Miller (185.5)
Main Card (Spike TV):
135 lbs.: John Dodson (134) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (135.5)
145 lbs.: Diego Brandao (145) vs. Dennis Bermudez (136)
155 lbs.: Anthony Ferguson (155.5) vs. Yves Edwards (155)
135 lbs.: Louis Gaudinot (136) vs. Johnny Bedford (136)
Preliminary Card (Facebook):
145 lbs.: Marcus Brimage (143) vs. Stephen Bass (145)
145 lbs.: Josh Clopton (144) vs. Steven Siler (146)
145 lbs.: Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Dustin Neace (145.5)
135 lbs.: Roland Delorme (136) vs. Josh Ferguson (134)
*Bisping will need to drop the additional weight
The official weigh-in for “Cotto vs. Margarito II” went down today at the Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Check out the results below:
153 lbs.: Miguel Cotto (152.25) vs. Antonio Margarito (152.5)
135 lbs.: Brandon Rios (136.6)* vs. John Murray (134.75)
147 lbs.: Mike Jones (146) vs. Sebastian Andres Lujan (146)
154 lbs.: Pawel Wolak (153.5) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (153)
154 lbs.: Glen Tapia (153.25) vs. Mike Ruiz (153.5)
175 lbs.: Mike Lee (177) vs. Allen Medina (174.25)
175 lbs.: Sean Monaghan (176) vs. Santos Martinez (175.5)
126 lbs.: Braulio Santos (126) vs. Tommy Garcia (125.25)
Last Month, The Grappling Superstar was inducted into the UK’s Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Check out his interview with Graciemag.com below about the whole experience and about what is next for him in the future.
“I was awarded a plaque for my service to mixed martial arts in the United Kingdom and the world as a whole. I’m the youngest person to receive the award – there were even relatives of Bruce Lee getting on stage (laughs),” said our GMA in amusement.
He received the award with pride and honor. “Being in the Hall of Fame here means a lot to me, as I’ve been doing my all to help in Jiu-Jitsu’s expansion around the world. Hence, I believe I’m doing my part in our march to making the world a better place, with Jiu-Jitsu for everyone,” Bráulio told GRACIEMAG.com.
And thus Estima wraps up the year in grand style. Besides getting to see his younger brother Victor win the No-Gi Worlds, Carcarazinho’s biggest title so far, Bráulio had an emotion-filled 2011.
“It was no walk in the park. I lost my friend Steve Fan and won the medium heavyweight division at the 2011 European Championship as a tribute to him, with an exciting final against Sérgio Moraes. I had surgery on my spine two days after the Euro, recovered, promoted the BJJ British Open – with more than 900 competitors, a record in the country –, competed at the ADCC, and put together the No-Gi British Open, where 450 competitors showed up. All that and we still made GB the biggest Jiu-Jitsu team in the United Kingdom!” said the jubilant Brazilian.
Bráulio is now looking at offers in MMA but may still defend his title as a Hall of Famer by taking to the mats at the 2012 European Open, in Lisbon, Portugal, of which he is the current absolute champion. Don’t miss it.
When the UFC announced that Brittney Palmer was no longer a ring card girl, there was some backlash from fans. Palmer, deciding to pursue an opportunity at art school, was unable to balance the travel schedule for Zuffa as well as modeling opportunities and school work. However, a few weeks ago UFC President Dana White tweeted his followers asking if fans wanted to see the former ring girl back in the promotion. White received tons of responses from fans that unanimously decided that Palmer should return to the UFC.
Palmer spoke with MMA Weekly radio and had the following to say about her return:
“It’s so amazing, I love it. Studying art itself and art history, just everything, it changes who I am as a person and the way I look at things, and the way I look at people,” Palmer said. “It’s the most amazing experience I’ve ever had and I’ve never felt more grounded and more fulfilled in my whole life. It’s paying off.”
“It’s cool to think even though I’m just the girl that holds the card, I have as many fans as I do. I feel blessed.”
There is no word on if this will be her full time return or a one off, but this is good news for all Brittney Palmer fans.
This was easily one of the best fights of all time in my book, Agreed?
Full results are below.
International Fighter of the Year
Winner: Alistair Overeem
Gym of the Year
Winner: Black House
Referee of the Year
“Big” John McCarthy
Winner: Herb Dean
Comeback of the Year
Marloes Coenen vs. Liz Carmouche (Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson)
Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry (UFC Live 5)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (career)
Tito Ortiz (career)
Joe Warren vs. Joe Soto (Bellator 27)
Winner: Cheick Kongo
Best Technical Equipment
Journalist of the Year
Gareth A. Davies
Winner: Ariel Helwani
Coach of the Year
Eric Del Fierro
Winner: Greg Jackson
Best Lifestyle Clothing
Promotion of the Year
Bellator Fighting Championships
Media Source of the Year
“Inside MMA” on HDNet
“MMA Live” on ESPN
Best Technical Clothing
Winner: Bad Boy
Personality of the Year
Jacob “Stitch” Duran
Winner: Joe Rogan
Female Fighter of the Year
Winner: Miesha Tate
Entrance of the Year
Yoshihiro Akiyama (UFC 133)
Vitor Belfort (UFC 133)
Dave Herman (UFC 131)
Mark Hominick (UFC 129)
Jason “Mayhem” Miller (DREAM.16)
Winner: Jason “Mayhem” Miller
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
Winner: Donald Cerrone
Submission of the Year
Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia (UFC Fight Night 24)
Pable Garza vs. Yves Jabouin (UFC 129)
Richard Hale vs. Nik Fekete (Bellator 38)
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Viktor Nemkov (M-1 Challenge 25)
Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader (UFC 132)
Winner: Chan Sung Jung
Ring Girl of the Year
Winner: Arianny Celeste
Leading Man of the Year
Winner: Dana White
KO of the Year
Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Toby Imada (Bellator 39)
Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry (UFC Live 5)
John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson (UFC 129)
Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture (UFC 129)
Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort (UFC 126)
Winner: Anderson Silva
Fight of the Year
Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick (UFC 129)
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (UFC 132)
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (UFC 125)
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley (Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley)
Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann (UFC Live 3)
Winner: Edgar vs. Maynard
Fighter of the Year
Winner: Jon Jones
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:
Welcome to the 10th and final taped episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.”
With the remaining two tournament finalists ready to be determined, we’ll get the finale matchups set following tonight’s episode.
So let’s jump into the action.
With Team Miller teammates Johnny Bedford and John Dodson set to square off in the semifinals of the bantamweight tournament, John can’t help but note the uncomfortable nature of training side-by-side with an opponent. Johnny has less trouble with the contest, especially since he wants to make John pay for being a “snitch” throughout the season.
Head coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller is a bit conflicted and ultimately decides to go the Greg Jackson route and not coach either fighter. Instead, he allows Johnny and John to pick the assistant coaches that suit them best. Neither fighter seems overly concerned, and both (unsurprisingly) feel the matchup favors them.
Pre-fight (No. 1)
Keith Kizer oversees the uneventful weigh-ins. Dustin Pague says he believes Johnny has the win “in the bag,” as he’s the better wrestler, better striker and has the reach advantage, to boot. Johnny tips the scales at 136 pounds.
Meanwhile, John, yawning in the moments before it’s time weigh-in, gives a little Ramsey Nijem dance before hopping on the scales and registering 135 pounds. As Johnny and John square off, Michael Bisping asks “Mayhem” which one of his guy will prove the winner. Miller’s answer? The always generic, “The fans win.”
UFC president Dana White seems to lean toward Johnny, citing the massive size difference in the two as a real challenge for John. Johnny spends his time preparing the night before the fight by shadowboxing in the pool. John spends time with Team Bisping, admitting his Napoleon complex is the force that will drive him to victory.
The fight (No. 1)
In the night’s first fight, we have a bantamweight semifinal matchup between Team Miller products Johnny Bedford (17-9-1) and John Dodson (11-5). Dana opens the fight with his traditional introduction, and Herb Dean oversees the action.
Johnny looks to strike from distance early, but John does a good job of moving in and out while landing several of his own crisp punches. Johnny looks several times to secure a clinch, but John remains light on his feet and pulls away each time. Johnny finally secures a takedown with less than two minutes remaining, but John pops immediately back up to his feet. Johnny’s corner implores him to push forward in the latter stages of the frame, but his bloodied face is a clear indication of who won the opening round.
John starts quickly in the second but does find himself in a bit of early danger when Johnny nearly drags him to the floor. It’s only temporary, as John then lands a vicious left to the chin that sends Johnny crashing to the floor. John follows with a few massive hammerfists that Louis Gaudinot describes as “a monkey trying to open up a coconut.” It’s a brutal finish, and when doctors ask a prone Johnny where he’s lying, he responds, “I’m in Ohio.”
And with that John Dodson books his finale fight with Team Bisping’s T.J. Dillashaw (4-0).
Pre-fight (No. 2)
Back at the house, Team Miller featherweight semifinalist Bryan Caraway is suggesting his Team Bisping opponent, Diego Brandao, may be powerful but certainly can’t keep up that intensity over three rounds. However, with Diego menacingly sharpening a butcher knife just a few feet away, we’re not so sure.
At the gym, Bisping begs to differ and says there’s a reason Diego was the team’s No. 1 draft pick. Meanwhile, Bryan is telling his team that the grind of MMA is beginning to take its toll on him, and he claims a love-hate relationship with the sport. Miller does his best to re-affirm Bryan he’s doing the right thing. In the end, the talk seems to work, and Caraway appears to be mentally prepared for the matchup.
At the weigh-ins Team Bisping’s Josh Ferguson can’t help but notice that Bryan may be a little nervous. Of course, he doesn’t blame him, calling Diego a “killer.” Meanwhile, Johnny Bedford doesn’t buy the hype. Both fighters tip the scales at 145 pounds. As the two stare each other down, Bisping proposes a $10,000 side bet. Miller doesn’t look exactly anxious but eventually settles a more modest $100 wager.
Back at the house, the fighters are ready to have a few cocktails end enjoy their last night of isolation. Miller raises the partying stakes by stripping down to his undies and riding a bicycle first through the house and then into the pool. A ramp is then constructed for the fighters to follow suit, and a beer pong game breaks out shortly after.
Inside the house, Diego is not happy about the partying. This is a shot to improve his family’s life, and he wants to stay focused on the prize. Caraway is also a little uncertain what the night will bring, knowing he needs to relax and focus on the task at hand.
When fight day finally rolls around, both fighters look ready to scrap, and Brandao punctuates his entrance by taking a shot on already broken gym door.
The fight (No. 1)
In the season’s final taped fight, Team Bisping’s Diego Brandao (13-7) meets Team Miller’s Bryan Caraway (15-5) with a featherweight final berth on the line.
Diego moves forward at the opening bell, but it’s Bryan who moves in for a quick takedown. Diego is ready and pulls away, remaining upright. A few more sprawls seem to instill confidence in Diego, and he starts to pick up the pace in the striking department.
As the round unfolds, Bryan’s corner implores him to move forward, telling their fighter that Diego is tiring. Whether he is or not, Diego is still comfortable defending Bryan’s shot and keeps everything on the feet, where he’s firing massive overhand rights. It’s a left hook, though, that lands flush, and Diego follows with a flying knee right after. Caraway hits the deck and looks to defend, but Diego hammers away with punches from the too. Referee Josh Rosenthal watches closely as Bryan rolls and tries to defend. Eventually, Diego retreats to the feet and lands a high kick when Bryan does the same.
More punches send Bryan to the canvas, and Rosenthal tells him the end is nearing. Diego continues to unload heavy leather. Bryan shows incredible heart in climbing back to his feet yet again, but he’s certainly not recovered. Bryan wobbles as he presses in, and he eventually falls to the canvas, where Diego scores with a thundering right hand that seals the result. Rosenthal steps in, and Diego has booked his finals date with Dennis Bermudez (7-2).
Not satisfied with just celebrating his win, Diego finds Dennis sitting on the outside of the cage and lets him know his talk in the house is not appreciated. Dennis insists he never talked any trash but declines to try and make any peace between them.
White squares off the four season finalists and calls them the “most-talented” finalists in the history of the series. And with the full season in the books, it’s time for the fans to make their voices known. As was announced in the first episode of the season, online voting determines $25,000 winners for the “Best Fight,” “Best Knockout” and “Best Submission” of the year.
Additionally, White brings in both Bisping and Miller for a quick face-off. Bisping immediately moves forehead-to-forehead, and White has to separate them. Neither quits talking, but the fireworks are saved for the finale.
Don’t forget to watch the live Finale this weekend live on Spike TV.
The 5th Grappler of the Week is:
Bruno Frazatto is one of the top Jiu Jitsu featherweights in the world, who also fights at Lightweight on occasion. Bruno has won important competitions in BJJ such as the Brazilian National Championship and the Pan American. He has fought for different teams but most recently he joined the the prestigious Atos Team, one of the best academies in the World.
Full Name: Bruno Frazatto Xavier de Campos Barbosa
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Bruno Frazatto
Main Achievements as a Black Belt (BJJ):
- Pan American Champion (2011);
- 2x Brazilian National Champion (2006 and 2009);
- World Silver Medallist (2008);
- Brazilian ADCC Trials Champion
Weight Division: Featherweight.
Favourite technique/Position: Guard (Open).
Team/Affiliation: Atos – Formerly from Godoi Jiu Jitsu, Brazilian Top Team (BTT) and Brasa.
Bruno Frazatto’s Biography
Not much is known from Frazatto, a fighter who has always been reserved with the media. It is known however that Bruno was born in Campinas on the 12th of July 1984. He started his BJJ training when he was 16 years old, and his fast rise to the Black Belt came due to his numerous titles, fighting many times in the adult division when he was still under age.
His black belt came from the hands of Roberto Godoi, the illustrious Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach from Sao Paulo in 2005 and straight away he made his first Mundial (World Championship) podium (3rd Place).
In 2006, Frazatto premiered in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) with a victory at the Max Fight 1, winning the fight by submission. In the same year came his first Gold Medal at a major Black Belt BJJ event, the event was the Brazilian Nationals. That year Frazatto had 2 more MMA fights, both victories for the Campinas native.
Frazatto managed to continue his BJJ and MMA career in 2007 winning another fight at a local MMA event while competing (and winning) the Brazilian Trials for ADCC and getting third place at the Mundials once again.
Bruno Frazatto had to re-think his training schedule, and in trying to get his long term goal of achieving gold at the World Championships, he called off his MMA training and focussed solely in the Gi work for 2008. This decision brought him to change up his gi training partners as he moved away from Godoi Jiu Jitsu Academy to start his training with Leozinho Vieira at the Brasa HQ in Sao Paulo. He split his training between Leozinho in Sao Paulo and Ramon Lemos’s camp in Rio Claro. The change did improve Frazatto’s performances, but didn’t get him the desired gold at the Mundial (World Championship) as Bruno lost to his nemesis, Rubens Charles in the final of both the Mundial and the Pan Ams.
In 2009 with the split in Brasa, Frazatto moved for good with the Ramon Lemo’s team (Atos Getho BJJ). Together with Frazatto several other big names followed, as Atos became one of the best teams in BJJ today.