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There was a nice ovation for Noons when he entered the cage. The fight started off with a nice exchange until Noons hit Yves with a HARD right hand that immediately dropped Edwards. Noon went straight for the attack and, with a barrage of punches and elbows, did not allow Edwards to regroup, causing Mario Yamasaki to stop the fight in 48 seconds. Big win for the Hawaii native.
Bonello came out swinging and hit Ninja with a few strikes, befre pulling him down into guard right away whily they were in the clinch. Ninja passed guard rapidly and put himself in side control, landing some elbows on Bonello’s body and face. Rua then moved into full mount and landed some strong shots, but not anything that would put Bonello away. Rua went back to side control and unleashed some brutal elbows and strikes that caused referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and stop the fight.
There was mostly clinching going on for the first minute and a half of the fight until Diaz lands an on point elbow. The first round was a complete boxing war as both fighters kept landing hooks, straights and uppercuts from all angles. In the second, Corbbrey continued his boxing style, landing a few nice shots in the first minute, but Diaz got in his rhythm and landed some hard jabs. Diaz came out fast to start the third round by landing some more combinations and putting Corbbrey into the clinch that led to a takedown. Diaz finished in full mount, pounding on Corbbrey’s face until referee Chris West stopped the bout.
Kimbo came out victorious but sure showed he has a long way to go before he can be considered a real heavyweight threat. Kimbo struggled through much of the first round, getting put onto the mat several times, but demonstrated some skill in getting back to his feet. Kimbo wobbled Thompson with a couple uppercuts in the second, but later found himself on the wrong end of a series of elbows on the ground. In the third, Kimbo connected on a home run of a punch that cut Thompson open. Kimbo made his first punch of the third round count, a wild haymaker that opened a horrible cut on Thompson’s left ear. He then followed up with a punishing exchange. The crowd was not happy the fight was stopped, but Thompson was wobbling and was clearly a punch or two away from being put out.
Brett Rogers tells Kimbo he saw him tap. Kimbo gets up and wants a fight. Big commotion on stage, in front of media. Way to go on prime time Elite XC.
Dan Miragliotta defends his decision.
For successful MMA fighters, talent and skill are not enough to get them to the top. Much like pro-wrestling, marketability and likability play a big factor to their career. They may not be the best nor the champion, but they can certainly fill a coliseum. Here are the top five fighters who are most likely to fight in front of a sold-out crowd arena:
1. Fedor Emelianenko
As the #1 fighter on many people’s top 10 list, Fedor usually plays to a sold-out crowd in Japan. There is no doubt an MMA fan would want to see Fedor live in action. Usually fast-paced, aggressive, and technical, Fedor’s matches are never boring.
2. Chuck Liddell
Chuck remains the top draw for the UFC despite losing the championship belt. Even though he mostly does stand-up fighting, his ability to finish the match in a spectacular knockout is what people want to shout and cheer for.
3. Kimbo Slice
Kimbo has built a strong fanbase and reputation through the magic of Youtube. Even though Kimbo is just new to the game, EliteXC is banking on Kimbo’s popularity to sell out their seats.
4. Cung Le
As the darling of San Jose, CA, Cung Le is one of the top draws for Strikeforce. His flashy kicks and spectacular takedowns make his fights exciting to watch. Fairly new to MMA, Cung needs to improve his groundgame in order to sustain his rising popularity.
5. Brock Lesnar
After losing to Frank Mir, Lesnar remains bankable for the UFC. This mammoth of a human brings to the table a solid Pro Wrestling fanbase. Lesnar may turn out to be a mediocre mixed martial artist, but he possesses something that no amount of training, diet, or drills can teach: he’s a charismatic presence that people will pay to see.
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