Sunday, August 31, 2014


A wacky weekend of MMA was started off with ONE FC 19. Three title fights were on the line, first of which was the Featherweight belt. Jadamba Narantungalag took the belt by winning a unanimous decision over Koji Oishi. Ben Askren took home the Welterweight belt by pounding out Nobutatsu Suzuki by TKO at just 1:24 of round 1. The main event saw fan favorite Shinya Aoki win the Lightweight title. Aoki won in usual fashion, submitting Kamal Shalorus by rear naked choke at 2:15 of round 1.

Legacy FC 34 was up next. Bantamweight Austin Lyons continuously outworked Jonathan Brookins on the feet which lead to a unanimous decision. The main event saw Flyweight Brian Hall come back from being rocked to defeat Pedro Souza via unanimous decision. Hall's win snapped Souza's undefeated (13-0) record.

UFC 177 was scheduled to feature a rematch between former Bantamweight champion Renan Barao and the man who took the belt from him, T.J. Dillashaw. Unfortunately, a day before the fight, Renan Barao suffered an injury cutting weight. The injury forced Barao out of his rematch and saw Joe Soto step up to fight for the title. Soto proved a tough opponent but could not best the champion. Dillashaw, who was constantly out striking his opponent, landed a head kick late in the fight sending Soto plummeting to the canvas. The fight was stopped after unblocked ground strikes followed. Dillashaw retained his belt via KO at 2:20 of round 5.

Bellator announced the release of 13 total fighters including Shahbulat Shamhalaev, Attila Vegh and Bryan Baker.

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has signed with Bellator to fight. Bonnar has recently been commentating for Titan FC.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Five events in two days... we better get this started.

First up was Cage Warriors 71 which took place in Amman Jordan. The main event featured Jack Hermansson successfully defending his Middleweight belt against Deyan Topalski by TKO at 4:09 of round 1.

Titan Fighting Championship put together another phenomenal with Titan FC 29. Featherweight Kurt Holobaugh made quick work of Lloyd Woodard, a KO at :15 to be exact. Luckily for Holobaugh the fight ended that fast because he injured his leg checking a kick right beforehand. In the main event Mike Ricci outworked George Sotiropoulos to a unanimous decision.

Two titles were on the line at RFA 17. First up was the Featherweight strap. Justin Lawrence out struck Mark Dickman leading to a clear unanimous decision which won him the belt. The second title up for grabs was in the Lightweight division. Christos Giagos claimed that one by landing a crazy flying knee on Dakota Cochrane, winning by KO at 2:04 of round 2.  

The final two events of the weekend were both UFC fight nights. The first of those two was UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau China. Welterweight Tyron Woodley took no time in dispatching Dong Hyun Kim. Woodley won by TKO at 1:01 of round 1. The main event saw Micheal Bisping completely dominate Cung Le. The fight was finally stopped at :57 of round 4 because of strikes.

The second of the two fight nights took place in Tulsa Oklahoma. Middleweight Thales Leites came out quick in the second round and KO'd Francis Carmont at :20 of round 2. Next up was Welterweight Jordan Mein who looked great against Mike Pyle. Mein won via TKO at 1:12 of round 1. The main event saw Rafael dos Anjos pull off a big upset against Benson Henderson. Dos Anjos clipped Henderson with a flying knee and followed up with heavy shots on the ground leading to a KO at 2:31 of round 1.

Bellator has signed Women's Featherweight fighter Talita Nogueira.

Former Featherweight champion Daniel Straus will take on Justin Wilcox at Bellator 127. The fight will serve as the headline.

Heavyweight Mirko "Cro Cop" returned to the win column in MMA against legend Satoshi Ishii at IGF2. Mirko won via TKO in round 2.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


It almost seems like forever since the last Five Round Review was posted, but I'm back!

The first event on this past weekends fight cards to discuss is Cage Warriors 70 which took place in Dublin Ireland. The main event saw a battle in the Lightweight division. Irishman Joseph Duffy came out the victor after defeating Damien Lapilus by rear naked choke at 2:18 of round 3.

UFC Fight Night 47 saw a number of exciting fights. Middleweight Tim Boetsch finished off Brad Tavares in a familiar fashion to one of his past fights by finishing him with a right hook against the cage. The TKO came at 3:18 of round 2. Lightweight Ross Pearson rebounded from a controversial split decision loss by earning a KO win over veteran Gray Maynard at 1:35 of round 2. In the main event Light Heavyweight Ryan Bader out wrestled Ovince Saint Preux for five rounds on his way to a unanimous decision win.

A Middleweight title fight between Jack Hermansson and Deyan Topalski will headline Cage Warriors 71.

UFC Light Heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones has been forced out of his title fight with Daniel Cormier after suffering an injury. Jones will now defend his title at UFC 182 on January 3.

MFC Bantamweight champion Anthony Birchak has signed with the UFC and will face off against Joe Soto at UFC 177.

Middleweights Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef will headline Bellator 125. Alexander Shlemenko will defend his Middleweight belt against Brandon Halsey at Bellator 126. That fight will also serve as a headliner.

Bellator has announced that they will be bringing back Women's MMA with the signings of Marloes Coenan and Julia Budd.

Former Bellator fight War Machine has finally been caught and arrested in Simi Valley California. He was arrested due to his connection with the brutal assault of his girlfriend.