Boxing/MMA: Fernando Angulo Robbed on Showtime, Strikeforce Edges Closer
- The lightweight opening fight on Showtime last night between Lenny Zappavigna and Fernando Angulo was a very competitive and entertaining scrap. That being said, Angulo got absolutely robbed. He fought his heart out and it was yet another decision that makes you feel awful for a fighter that just gave everything he had. I love this sport, but it's like a girlfriend that comes home drunk and tells you she doesn't care about everything you've done for her. Let us move on.
- The main event on Showtime last night saw Vic Darchinyan batter the young and very green Rodrigo Guerrero . I don't understand why Guerrero's people would throw him in this fight so early, but it was one of those beatings that could ruin a career. They should have stopped the fight around the ninth round, but nobody was looking out for his better interest.
- Devon Alexander and Juan Urango met last night on HBO to unify two 140 pound titles. After Alexander had won the majority of the rounds, he knocked Urango down twice in the eighth round. Urango got up and looked very steady and obviously still wanted to fight, but the referee called it off. While I hate to see a fighter take any unnecessary punishment, Urango looked fine to continue and should have been given the chance. Especially because he had come off the floor to win his last fight.
- The WEC card last night was highlighted by two upsets that saw the former longtime champion, Miguel Torres , lose his second in a row, and Brian Bowles to lose the championship in his first defense. Both winners, Joseph Benavidez and new champion Dominick Cruz , looked very impressive in their victories.
- Call it quits, Jens. Please! Everyone loves you, but it's getting a little repetative.
- I'm getting very excited about the upcoming Strikeforce show (April 13) that will have three title fights. Jake Shields against Dan Henderson will be the headliner. It's always nice to watch some live MMA without having Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg hammering nails in my temples.
- If the UFC does counter-program the Strikeforce show, as they plan to, I really hope Strikeforce does the same to them on the ridiculously priced WEC PPV. The idea of paying $50 for this WEC card is ludacris and the worse it does the better.
- The Bernard Hopkins -Roy Jones Jr. 2 undercard really needs to shape up if they hope to get as many buys as they're hoping. It's looking pathetic at this point. If Roy has another outing like his last fight, its going to be a very disappointing $50.
- Speaking of undercards, most boxing writers are complaining about the David Diaz-Humberto Soto fight on the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard, but I'm more optimistic. I think it will be a very entertaining brawl. It will at least be better than half of the garbage usually throw on big boxing PPVs. Soto has done nothing at 135 and Diaz is a former champ.
- A response to recently spending way too much time reading MMA message boards: If Fedor is not the best heavyweight, then who?
- While heavyweight boxing is clearly not what it used to be, there are still plenty of very entertaining mid-level matchups to be made. Pretty much anything combining Cris Arreola, Alexander Povetkin, Tomasz Adamek, Odlanier Solis, David Haye , and Eddie Chambers would have me excited.
- While some fans of boxing are having a hard time believing Manny Pacquiao can go from 130 pounds to 145 pounds and keep knocking people out without the help of performance enhancers, I find it interesting that there is not a similar party in MMA watching Anderson Silva . He is the 185 pound champion, and last year went up 20 pounds to 205 and destroyed former champion Forrest Griffin in the first round. I personally don't believe either of these men are on steroids, especially without any kind of proof, but there are plenty of instances of fighters moving up in weight and not losing their power. Manny deserves the benefit of the doubt.
- I love to see that Strikeforce is building up its heavyweight roster. If they could get another two talented heavyweights, a tournament for who is the real champion would be a very good idea. Showtime has shown they are agreeable to the idea of a tournament. Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Breet Rogers , and Antonio Silva are all already signed. Maybe Jeff Monson or Josh Barnett (once he's off suspension) could be signed. Just a thought.
- Last blog I said how excited I was for the upcoming Tavoris Cloud-Glen Johnson bout. However, Cloud has pulled out of the fight and signed with Don King, and Glen Johnson once again gets the shaft. I'm a huge fan of Glen Johnson and it is very sad to see him once again not get the respect he deserves. Hopefully they reschedule the fight and Glen gives Cloud the beating he is in need of.
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