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…on Cage Warriors 38

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Matt Veach

Matt Veach showed the sort of dominant wrestling for which his camp, the H.I.T. Squad, is known

Former UFC fighter and Ultimate Fighter veteran Matt Veach moved a little closer to his goal of returning to the big stage taking the Cage Warriors lightweight title with a five-round shutout decision victory over reigning champion, Danish kickboxer Kenneth Rosfort-Nees at Cage Warriors 38 in London’s HMV Forum. Rosfort let victory slip away, leaving himself a sitting target for Veach’s repeated takedowns in the main event of Cage Warriors’ first card since their takeover by the MMA Clinic. He showed a decent defensive guard but his tendency to hang in the pocket after striking and overcommitting with his strikes, saw him slammed throughout the fight. In the second round, Veach came closest to victory, passing Rosfort’s guard and attempting a kimura, though Rosfort escaped before Veach had it really synched. However, Rosfort may have effected a different outcome if he had been more attacking from his back. A more active guard could have changed the fight considerably and swung the judges in his favour.

Read the rest of this review at ukmmanews.com.

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Written by Michael Farrow

October 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm

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…on leghumping

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Nik Lentz - Should have been looking at a draw at UFC 118, not a decision win.

Sometimes, wrestlers feel like the scourge of mixed martial arts. The guys who worked out ground-and-pound and headbutted you until you bled. The guys who worked out how to pin you against the cage. The guys who took you down and laid on you to grind out a decision. It seems like every cheap way of winning was invented or innovated by wrestlers. Eventually, headbutts were banned, inactive fighters were stood up and stalemates in the clinch were broken up. However, there’s now a far more insidious problem that is increasing in MMA; leghumping. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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…on the UFC’s contender problem

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Jon Fitch - Uninteresting but unbeatable by all but GSP

UFC 104 will be Lyoto Machida’s first defence of the UFC light heavyweight title.  After decimating Rashad Evans, it’s hardly unsurprising that he is now anointed as the future of the light heavyweight division.  How can you beat a guy you can’t hit?  It isn’t just him; Penn, St-Pierre, Silva and Lesnar all look formidable in their own way.  Some see dominant champions as a problem but, in my opinion, it’s not that big of a problem.   However, now they have these champions, they’re having trouble generating contenders. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm

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…on Strikeforce signing Jacare

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Jacare is a good fighter but is he the right fighter for Strikeforce

Strikeforce have managed to get Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to put pen to paper.  It’s heartening to see them do so.  He’s a good fighter, still evolving and could well be an asset to the organisation.  However, I can’t help but think they could have done better by hiring a decent heavyweight or lightweight.  They seem to sign fighters in a haphazard way, rather than concentrating on where they actually need to strengthen.  They sign good fighters, rather than the right fighters for their organisation. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 7, 2009 at 10:54 am

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…on the overrated fighters in PRIDE

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If Fedor loses to Arlovski, it will settle the argument that PRIDE fighters are overrated

Andrei Arlovski challenges Fedor Emelianenko this weekend at Affliction: Day of Reckoning.  A victory for Arlovski opens up the usual can of worms; PRIDE’s top fighters were overrated and protected by gimmicky booking. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm

…on where the back of the head is in MMA

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According to "Big" John McCarthy, Liddell's mohawk is the definition of the back of the head

How can you not now where the back of the head is?  Well, it seems that two of the top referees have very different definitions so what chance do the rest of us have?   Essentially, there are two definitions of “back of the head”; the “mohawk” and the “headphones”. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm

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…on Paul Daley

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Paul Daley - He needs to up his game

I know I shouldn’t feel this way about one of our best fighters but I have come around to thinking Paul Daley is an embarassment.  He defeated John Alessio with a second round TKO last Friday but the nature of the win was just so depressing. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2008 at 11:04 pm

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