Glover Teixera vs. Fabio Maldonado Full Fight Video

UFC 153 took place October 13, 2012 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The card featured a light heavyweight matchup between Glover Teixera and Fabio Maldonado.

Glover was a very well respected MMA veteran who got his start in the WEC fighting organization in 2002. It took many years for Glover to make it over to the UFC due to issues with his passport. He finally entered the Octagon in 2012 at UFC 146, stopping Kyle Kingsbury by submission in round 1. He is a well rounded fighter, known for submissions and knockout power.

This was Fabio’s 4th fight in the UFC. He had just come off of back to back losses against Igor Pokrajac and Kyle Kingsbury, and was ready to get back into the win column. He entered the UFC in 2010 with a KO win over James McSweeney. With a UFC record of 1-2, Fabio is anxious to get back in the ring and prove he is a viable light heavyweight. In order to do that, he will have a tough task in taking out Glover Teixera.

Round 1: Both fighters come out and touch gloves in the center. Glover immediately goes on the attack, pressing the action and forcing Fabio to backpedal. Glover backs him into the cage and rushes forward with a solid one-two punch combo that drops Fabio to the canvas. Glover jumps on his back and starts landing lefts and rights to the side of his head.

Glover flips him over and mounts him against the side of the cage. He starts dropping fists and elbows to Fabio’s head. Some of them are getting through, some of them are blocked. Fabio is known for having a great chin, and he takes the shots and fights on. Glover is relentless, dropping bomb after bomb. Glover tries to lock in an arm triangle and holds it for a long time, but is unable to finish.

Glover is totally dominant, staying in the mount and dropping punch after punch to Fabio’s head. After almost spending the whole round on his back, Fabio is able to scramble to his feet. Glover stalks and lands several punches to Fabio’s face. Out of nowhere Fabio lands a solid left hook that stuns Glover for a second. They continue to duke it out until the round ends.

Round 2: Glover comes right out and scores a takedown. Fabio tries to scramble out of it and finally gets to his feet. Fabio’s face is busted up good but continues to fight. Glover tries another takedown and gets it. He takes his back then gets into the full mount. He lands 2 solid elbows back to back and Fabio grabs onto to him to control his posture.

Glover continues to work from side control, punching the body and the face of Fabio. He lands 3 or 4 more strong elbows. Fabio takes it and continues to defend. Glover is getting the best of the exchange, then the ref stands them up. The ref has the doctor come in to look at Fabio’s face, but they let them continue. They face off in the center and Glover presses the attack once again, throwing 3 strong hooks that move Fabio back. The round ends with Glover still stalking and throwing punches.

The doctor comes in between rounds and determines that Fabio has taken enough damage and stops the fight. Glover Teixera defeats Fabio Maldonado due to doctor’s stoppage in round 2.

Nate Marquardt vs Chael Sonnen Full Fight Video

UFC 109 took place in Las Vegas, NV on Feb 6, 2010. The co-main event was a middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen. This fight would determine who would get the next shot of then champion, Anderson Silva.

Nate Marquardt had already fought Silva for the title, but came up short at UFC 73. Since UFC 73, Nate had won 4 of his last 5 bouts. He lost a split decision to Thales Leites at UFC 85, but had finished his last 3 opponents by KO, including Martin Kampmann, Wilson Gouveia, and Demian Maia. He felt revitalized, and was ready for another bout with Silva.

Sonnen, who is one of the best wrestlers in MMA, had just won 2 unanimous decisions over Dan Miller and Yushin Okami, and felt he was ready to take his career to the next level. He was more than up to the challenge of taking on Marquardt.

Round 1: They meet in the center of the Octagon and start engaging immediately, both throwing punches and kicks. Chael is pushing the action, and takes Nate down after one minute. Nate attempts a guillotine, but is unable to finish it. Chael breaks free and starts throwing serious ground and pound on Marquardt. Nate tries to hold on to Chael, but is unable to stop Chael’s attack. Nate is able to pop up for a few seconds, but Chael gets him right back down. Sonnen continues to work in Nate’s guard, landing punches to the face and the body. Chael is completely dominating Round 1, and Nate is unable to mount any kind of offense whatsoever. Chael ends the round in top position.

Round 2:  Chael gets Nate down in 5 seconds after the round starts and begins where he left off in Round 1. Nate gets a hold of one of Chael’s arms, attempting a kimura, but is unable to do anything with it. Chael breaks free and his assault continues. Chael is consistently working, constantly throwing punches to the face and the body, and some elbows.

At about the halfway mark, Nate is bloodied up from the punches he’s been absorbing, and manages to grab Chael’s leg, attempting a heel hook. He quickly loses it, and in the process gives up his back. Chael starts landing hammer fists and punches to the side of Nate’s face, while Nate throws a few back elbows of his own. Chael is just all over Nate, not giving him room to do anything. Chael continues in top position until the round ends.

Round 3:  Nate grabs Chael’s leg, attempting to take him down. He is unable to and they both stand momentarily. Chael throws a couple of feints, pushing Nate back into the cage. Chael shoots for another takedown and scores. He immediately starts working again, throwing punches while in Nate’s guard. Nate is simply trying to survive, but he has no answer at this point for scoring any offense. Chael dominates most of the round in top position, doing what he has done for the majority of the fight. Nate is able to scramble to his feet at the 2:00 mark.

Chael goes right in for another takedown, and Nate turns it into a guillotine attempt. Nate holds it tight, trying to finish, but Chael is able to pop his head out, and works back in top position. At 1:00, Nate is able to flip the position, and gets Chael on his back. They are in the north/south position, and time is ticking away for Nate. Nate stands up, and starts dropping punches on Chael with only :20 left in the fight. He is only able to land a handful of punches, but nothing strong enough to finish the fight. The round finally ends, and the decision goes to the judges. The winner by unanimous decision is Chael Sonnen, and Sonnen gets the next shot at the middleweight belt held by Anderson Silva.

The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale: Cat Zingano TKO’s Miesha Tate

Kevin and George from the Uncut Sports Show break down all of the fights from this weekend’s Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale, including the fight of the night between Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate.

If people didn’t know who Cat Zingano was before Saturday, they do now. Or they will very soon. Zingano (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) stopped Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with a third-round TKO victory, surviving a couple rough rounds with the former Strikeforce champion to rally for the win. Zingano was impressive and should be an interesting candidate to potentially challenge Ronda Rousey at the top of female MMA.