MMA News: August 19th, 2013


It came, it's gone and damn was it good.

Fox Sports One finally kicked off as network and it was an impressive night. Between Jay & Dan, Chael Sonnen and the city of Boston, FS1 boldly said, "we are here!"

UFC on FS1 Quick Results:
Chael Sonnen Defeats Mauricio Rua via Submission (guillotine choke) at 4:47 of Round 1
Travis Browne Defeats Alistair Overeem via Knockout at 4:08 of Round 1.
Urijah Faber Defeats Iuri Alcantara via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Matt Brown Defeats Mike Pyle via Knockout at :29 of Round 1.
John Howard Defeats Uriah Hall via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Michael Johnson Defeats Joe Lauzon via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)


One of the most damning reactions to the mainevent was Wanderlei Silva. A fan caught him watching and reacting to the horror that was one of his best friends losing to his biggest foe to date.


There were a lot of pros reacting to Chael's big victory over Shogun. In fact within seconds of winning the fight Sonnen had three gentlemen callers asking for his services.

But with the bad comes some good. There were some very impressed fighters as well.


-It is interesting to note that Shogun's brother Murilo 'Ninja' Rua does not have any excuses for the former light heavyweight champion besides the fact that he blames this lose on "shady people" within Shogun's camp.

"I was surprised. In my opinion, Mauricio played the wrong game. He should’ve moved more to avoid the takedowns. Fighting on half guard against a wrestler isn’t a good strategy. He should have brought Chael to his guard when he got taken down, tried to sweep him or land some punches. But Sonnen got his neck, unfortunately.He has a lot of shady persons around him, people trying to take advantage of him. People from his camp said I wasn’t good for Mauricio because I made him nervous when I was on his corner, and he listened to that, so I decided to leave. If something is wrong I would point it out, I wouldn’t just lie to please him."


-FOX Sports 1 got off to an impressive debut Saturday night doing a 1.38 rating and 1.78 million viewers for the three-hour main card headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Chael Sonnen based on Nielsen's fast nationals. This is the best rating in years for the UFC on free TV. The full ratings should be released by midday Tuesday.

-Other news coming out of the FS1 card:
Dana has not made a decision on whether Alistair Overeem will be apart of the UFC in the future after two devastating knockouts.

-White was also very critical of Uriah Hall. Suggesting that he lacks heart and physically he is one of the most gifted fighters in the world but lacks a UFC heart.

-Rumors were circulating this week about a possible fight between Nick Diaz and Lyoto Machida. Dana White has pulled that off the table as well.

"It was a bad idea, the Diaz vs. Machida thing, Diaz didn't turn it down… there's other things going on with Diaz."


You can see Dana White's full media scrum here.

-For Shi.......for some laughter on a Monday check out Chael's interview after he made Shogun tap out.

-If you're a professional wrestling fan then you have to know that half of what Chael was saying came directly from "Superstar" Billy Graham's mouth. After seeing that, the Superstar congratulated him.



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