Monday, June 22, 2009

MMA Rankings - 23/06/2009

hebaj MMA Rankings - 23/06/2009

Heavyweight - (206-265)
1 - Fedor Emilianenko
2 - Josh Barnett
3 - Frank Mir
4 - Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
5 - Brock Lesnar
6 - Andrei Arlovski
7 - Randy Couture
8 - Jeff Monson
9 - Alistair Overeem
10 - Brett Rogers

Light Heavyweight - (186-205)
1 - Lyoto Machida
2 - Quinton Jackson
3 - Rashad Evans
4 - Forrest Griffin
5 - Mauricio Rua
6 - Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
7 - Renato Sobral
8 - Chuck Liddell
9 - Luis Arthur Cane
10 - Keith Jardine

Middleweight - (171-185)
1 - Anderson Silva
2 - Dan Henderson
3 - Gegard Mousasi
4 - Rich Franklin
5 - Yushin Okami
6 - Jorge Santiago
7 - Paulo Filho
8 - Nate Marquardt
9 - Demian Maia
10 - Vitor Belfort

Welterweight - (156-170)
1 - Georges St. Pierre
2 - Thiago Alves
3 - Jon Fitch
4 - Jake Shields
5 - Matt Hughes
6 - Nick Thompson
7 - Josh Koscheck
8 - Carlos Condit
9 - Karo Parisyan
10 - Mike Swick

Lightweight - (146-155)
1 - Shinya Aoki
2 - Eddie Alvarez
3 - BJ Penn
4 - Joachim Hansen
5 - Satoru Kitaoka
6 - Kenny Florian
7 - Takanori Gomi
8 - Tatsuya Kawajiri
9 - Gesias Galvancante
10 - Josh Thomson

Pound for Pound
1 - Fedor Emilianenko
2 - Anderson Silva
3 - Georges St. Pierre
4 - Miguel Torres
5 - Lyoto Machida
6 - Quinton Jackson
7 - Josh Barnett
8 - Mike Brown
9 - Dan Henderson
10 - Shinya Aoki

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Telechoice NSW Premier League - Round 16

With two games washed out over the weekend, four interesting results paved the way to what looks like a very interesting battle for finals positions over the final stretch of the 2009 season.

Sutherland Sharks 3 - 0 Wollongong CFC
Sutherland continue along their merry way with a comfortable home victory against the cellar dwellars of the league. With the victory Sutherland maintain their comfortable position within the Top 5, though with the three teams in pursuit holding games in hand the Sharks position could come under threat in the long run. Wollongong on the other hand will need a miracle if they are to climb off the bottom of the ladder. Ten points behind with six games remaining, Wollongong will be focusing on Club Championship points from here on in. When reality eventually sinks in though, it will be a shame for the league to see Wollongong drop down to the Super League.

Marconi Stallions 1 - 2 Sydney United
A game marred by a red card to the Stallions in the opening 15 minutes, Sydney United won't care as the victory sees them take a seven point lead atop the Premier League table. Marconi still sit relatively comfortable within the Finals positions, given their two games in hand over most of the other competitors, though chasing points in the run-in to the finals is a much tougher propostion as opposed to having the points already on the board. Expect these two sides to meet again further down the track.

Blacktown City Demons 1 - 1 Sydney (APIA) Tigers
A result which does neither the Tigers or Demons much good. The point to either side drops them further out of finals reckoning, though APIA will again have to question themselves as to why they can't seem to win these type of games. With Blacktown to nine men, and APIA holding onto a 1-0 advantage going into injury time, The Demons through Tyler Simpson somehow managed to score a miracle result with a miracle bicycle-kick goal. APIA, with arguably the strongest squad in the entire league will again have to sit back and refect on another wasted season.

Sydney Olympic 3 - 2 Penrith Nepean United
A vital victory for Olympic, putting them back into a position to threaten for an end of season finals run. Nepean on the other hand are virtually out of the race, though nothing should be taken away from a side which has defied all pre-season critics and competed well for the 2009 season. Olympic, with a squad capable of challenging for Championship glory find themselves in a position teetering on the brink of the Top 5, though whether or not Mark Bosnich and his men from Belmore compete in this years Finals series is still very doubtful.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles P - P Manly United
West Sydney Berries P - P Bankstown City

1 Sydney United 16 10 4 2 33 17 16 34
2 Manly United FC 14 7 6 1 22 13 9 27
3 Sutherland Sharks 16 7 5 4 34 21 13 26
4 Bankstown City 15 7 4 4 26 21 5 25
5 Marconi Stallions 14 7 3 4 31 15 16 24

6 Sydney Olympic 16 6 3 7 30 33 -3 21
7 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 15 5 6 4 23 27 -4 21
8 West Sydney Berries 15 5 4 6 22 27 -5 19
9 Blacktown City 16 4 6 6 20 24 -4 18
10 Sydney Tigers 16 4 4 8 18 23 -5 16
11 Penrith Nepean United 15 4 3 8 15 24 -9 15
12 Wollongong FC 16 1 2 13 12 41 -29 5

Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale

Caught the last couple fights of the Ultimate Fighter 9 finale on Sunday afternoon.

James Wilks was super impressive in his dominant win over heavy favourite Demarques Johnson in the TUF 9 Welterweight Finale. Wilks, representing the Michael Bisping led Team UK, dominated in every facet of the fight. Unexpectedly punishing Johnson on the feet early on, the fight headed to the ground where Wilks proved his dominance catching Johnson in a rear naked choke to coax the tapout in the final seconds of the round.

What the future holds for these 2 young men in the UFC is cloudy, at best. Johnson will be given a chance on a couple of undercards in the near future, whether he can this chance and run with it is doubtful. Wilks will simply join the current entourage of British fighters dominating the cards of future European held UFC events. Will he be able to hang with the Upper Echelon of UFC Welterweights? My guess, No.

Diego Sanchez took home arguably the most devastating split decision victory in recent UFC history against the always game Clay Guida. Having grown up on the Japanese K1 and Pride scene, Sanchez took this fight comfortably, but with the American scoring system the way it is, Guida fans could argue that Clay took the second and third rounds. That argument is for another day.

With the win Sanchez moves into the Number 1 contender spot in the talent bare UFC Lightweight division. If Florian and Sanchez can not take the belt from BJ Penn within the next year, I highly doubt anybody within the current set up will. Clay Guida will simply continue on his merry way in the UFC, and could find himself a permanent fixture Main Eventing Fight Night and Ultimate Finale cards.

In other relevant fights Ross Pearson took home the TUF9 Lightweight title with a win over fellow Pom Andre Winner. Expect these two fighters to join James Wilks as part of the UFC's European adventure.

Joe Stevenson took home a UD over young Nate Diaz in a fight and result which does not much of anything for either man's career.

Stevenson has arguably extended his stay of execution from the UFC for another 1/2 fights. Joe "Daddy" has shown that he will never quite be that elite Lightweight the UFC expected him to be, and with that should have tested the waters outside the organisation in the hope of a better oppurtunity. With Strikeforce, Affliction and Bellator making waves in the US market, Sengoku holding a vastly under-rated LW division, and DREAM arguably the strongest, Stevenson could have ccome in and made a real impact in any of these organisations.

As for Nate Diaz, his two consective losses to Stevenson and Guida have put his career back 2 years. Though still a very young fighter, Diaz will struggle to compete in wrestler heavy division, given time Diaz should be able to rebound from these losses and come back with a much more sound strategy against his future opponents.