Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Full Fight Video

UFC 144 took place Saturday, February 25, in Tokyo, Japan. The card featured a welterweight fight between Jake Shields and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Shields had been struggling since his inception into the UFC, losing back to back matches against Jake Ellenberger and Georges St. Pierre. His only victory was a fight that went the distance against Martin Kampmann.

Akiyama was struggling in his UFC career as well. He had just dropped down to welterweight to face Shields, and had lost 3 straight matches as a middleweight to Chris Leben, Michael Bisping, and Vitor Belfort. Now it was time to see how he would fare in his first welterweight fight.

Round 1: Both fighters come out to the center of the Octagon and start the feeling out process. Shields starts throwing light feeler jabs and Akiyama does the same. They circle each other throwing attempted jabs but neither lands. Shields drops down and gets one of Akiyama’s legs trying for a takedown.  Akiyama shows good takedown defense and Shields is unable to complete. They go back to the center and face off again. Akiyama is the aggressor, pushing Shields back toward the cage. Shields tries another takedown but is easily stuffed by Akiyama.

They face off again and Akiyama measures the distance, then comes in and lands a strong uppercut. Shields dives for a leg again and manages to get Akiyama down for just a second. Shields presses Akiyama against the cage and works for the takedown. Akiyama defends it once again and they face off again. They both trade punches and kicks toward the center, neither one landing anything hard. Akiyama gets Shields down for just one second but Shields is able to pop right back up. The round ends in the center with both fighters trading attempted shots.

Round 2:  Both fighters come to the center once again, but this time they are working harder than in the first round. Akiyama lands a solid right hand. They face off again, with Shields pushing for constant takedowns. Akiyama is defending well while throwing punches. This round is more intense with more action coming from both fighters. Shields tries another takedown but is unsuccessful. Shields seems to be the more aggressive fighter but is not landing anything damaging.

Both fighters are starting to look weary toward the last 2 minutes of the round, but they continue pushing forward. Akiyama grabs Shields and trips him over sideways for a powerful takedown. Shields is able to get right back up and starts throwing multiple punches to Akiyama’s head. Shields drops down again and grabs Akiyama’s legs looking for another takedown. Akiyama is defending well once again. Shields is unable to complete the takedown as the round ends.

Round 3:  They meet in the center once again, trading punches and kicks. Neither one is landing anything significant, but the action is steady. Shields is throwing a ton of kicks to the body and to the legs. Akiyama is throwing jabs and lands a few punches here and there. Shields tries yet another takedown, but Akiyama flips him around and put his back against the cage. They separate and go back to the center. Shields tries another takedown and gets him down for just a second. He presses Akiyama up against the cage, working for another takedown.

Akiyama flips it around and puts Shields on the cage. The ref separates the two and they face off in the center. Shields finally takes Akiyama down and immediately takes his back. Shields tries to drag him down but Akiyama grabs the fence to prevent it. The ref warns him, but he grabs it again right in the ref’s face. He lets go and Shields continues to work him down to the ground while still having his back.

There’s only 30 seconds left in the fight when Shields gets the hooks in. They both roll over to their backs and Shields starts attacking with chokes. Akiyama defends and rolls over. Shields follows trying to keep the back mount. Akiyama continues to defend with only seconds left, then the round ends.

After deliberating, the judges give the decision to Jake Shields, who defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama by unanimous decision.

Tito Ortiz vs Ken Shamrock Full Fight Video

Ortiz vs. Shamrock III was the final fight in the trilogy between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock . The bout took place October 10, 2006 from Hollywood, FL.

The two had a heated rivalry that went all the way back to when they first fought at UFC 40 in 2002. Tito won the match by defeating Shamrock in the 3rd Round by TKO.

They met for a 2nd time at UFC 61 in 2006, and Ortiz was once again victorious, stopping Shamrock in the 1st Round by TKO.

This was Shamrock’s final chance to avenge those losses to Tito. Would he be victorious, or would Tito continue to assert dominance over Shamrock?

Round 1:  Ortiz and Shamrock meet in the center of the Octagon. Shamrock comes out with his hands down, very relaxed. Shamrock tries to go for a takedown, but Tito stuffs it, turns Shamrock around, and works him back into the cage. Tito throws knees at Shamrock’s legs while he holds him against the cage. Tito works diligently for a takedown, but Shamrock is defending. Tito gets one of Shamrock’s legs in the air, and both men drop to the canvas, Tito in top position. Tito starts working, dropping punches down on Shamrock.

Shamrock tries to control Tito’s body by holding onto him, but it is not very effective as Tito continues posturing up to reign down more punches. Shamrock holds his arms up to block Tito’s shots, but Tito still gets through anyway, dropping both punches and elbows. Shamrock is simply trying to survive at this point, grabbing Tito’s head trying to keep him in control. Tito starts working Shamrock’s body in an attempt to soften him up. Shamrock twists slightly, then Tito starts throwing multiple elbows. Tito is totally dominating Shamrock, keeping him up against the cage, and basically doing what he wants to do. Tito continues working, throwing elbow after elbow, then throwing punches.

Shamrock has not mounted any offense whatsoever. Tito postures up again and starts dropping bombs, lefts and rights, to Shamrock’s face. Ken is trying to cover his face, but Tito is totally destroying him with punches. Tito batters Shamrock with 7 or 8 more strong unanswered punches. It looks like Shamrock cannot take anymore, then Referee John Mccarthy steps in and saves Shamrock from taking any more damage. He separates the two and Tito Ortiz defeats Ken Shamrock by TKO in Round 1. The trilogy is completed, dominated totally by the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz.

Urijah Faber vs Dominick Cruz Full Fight Video

WEC 26 took place on March 24, 2007. This card featured a Bantamweight championship fight between the champ, Uriah Faber, and the challenger, Dominick Cruz.

Cruz was new to the organization and this would be his first fight in the WEC.

Faber was coming off of back to back wins over both Joe Pearson by submission in Round 1, and Cole Escovedo by KO in Round 2. He was explosive, tough, and highly favored to win this match.

Round 1:  Faber and Cruz come to the center and start the feeling out process. Faber throws a high kick that lands to Cruz’s shoulder. Cruz backs off momentarily then closes the distance. They start to circle each other in the middle, feeling each other out. Faber charges forward, throwing a sharp right hand that Cruz blocks. Faber drops his hands and taunts Cruz to come in, then throws a wicked left right combo. Cruz blocks, dodges, and returns with a left right combo of his own. Faber looks very confident, throwing another attempted high kick. Cruz backs out of the way, and they engage again.

They both circle each other in the center, trying to establish some offense. Faber backs up slightly then charges forward, throwing a haymaker right hand that misses the mark. Cruz immediately counters with a punch and a high kick which lands to the top of Faber’s head, but doesn’t do any damage. Faber moves forward, hands down at his sides, showing no respect for Cruz’s power. As they circle Cruz attempts a couple of right hands that miss. Faber backs up and blasts forward, catching Cruz with a strong right hand. He grabs Cruz’s head in the clinch and tries to land a knee.

Cruz pushes Faber back and they square off once again. Cruz grabs Faber and attempts a takedown. They both go to the mat, but Uriah has Cruz’s neck. They both scramble, attempting to gain a better position, but Faber still has Cruz’s neck surrounded with his right arm. Cruz is able to stand and break free momentarily, when Faber catches him with a knee to the face. They both drop down to the mat again, with Uriah once again holding onto Cruz’s neck with his right arm. Dominick is trying to improve his position, while Faber attempts to connect his hands for a full guillotine.

Cruz continues to work and Faber is finally able to clasp his hands together, then throws his left leg over Dominick’s back into a guillotine choke. Cruz starts trying to fight it, and Faber uses his own momentum to flip him completely over onto his back, still holding the choke. Cruz still tries to fight off the choke, but Uriah’s grip is way too tight, and after a few more seconds Cruz is forced to tap. Referee Herb Dean separates the two and Uriah Faber defeats Dominick Cruz by submission in Round 1.