MMA matches: Jeff Monson def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) Bobby Lashley def. Jason Guida via unanimous decision (30-27 x3) Din Thomas def. Gabe Lemley via TKO, 4:13 of round 1 Dennis Hallman def. Danny Ruiz via submission (rear-naked choke), 1:50 of round 1 James Freeman def. John Mowry via KO, 2:38 of round 1
Boxing matches: Roy Jones Jr. defeated Omar Sheika via TKO, 1:45 of round 5 B.J. Flores def. Jose Luis Herrera via unanimous decision Eric Clinton def. Richmond Dalphone via unanimous decision Kieyon Bussey def. Robert DaLuz via majority decision Kelvin Price def. Kevin Howard via majority decision
— The Lashley/Guida bout didn’t live up to the pre-fight trash-talk, and Lashley proved that he’s not quite ready for prime time. The first round was spent mostly in a clinch against the ropes after Guida was able to stuff Lashley’s takedown attempts. The next two rounds saw Lashley on top of Guida and working some ground-and-pound, but Guida never took much damage. In fact, a guillotine choke attempt that Guida put on Lashley in the third round was the closest that the fight came to being finished. It was a moral victory for Guida — though his record now drops to 17-20, while Lash increases to 2-0.
— Roy Nelson got straight-up robbed by the judges. Though Jeff Monson did win the third round via striking exchanges, the first two were controlled by Nelson, who scored takedowns and was able to achieve mount in both rounds. But it seemed that all three judges credited the second frame to Monson due to some knees he threw in the clinch. After the fight, Monson admitted that the fight "could have gone either way," while Nelson immediately stormed off in anger.
— After beating Gabe Lemley with a ferocious punches-and-knee combo that put Lemley out cold, Din Thomas told the crowd that it’s not cool to put hands on a lady, and if Rihanna needs someone to kick Chris Brown’s ass for her, she should holla.
More videos from "March Badness" are after the jump…
Jason Guida continued his efforts to get all up in Bobby Lashley’s head at the "March Badness" weigh-in. This included weighing in at a non-impressive 232 pounds (Lashley was 251.5), flexing while making a ridiculous face, and then turning his baseball cap around to make sure he could get right in Lashley’s grill.
Here’s the question: does Guida really think that he is bothering Lashley with these antics, or has he come to the realization that his best chance in this fight is to make Lashley so angry he screws up somehow? Or, even more far-fetched, does he really like his own chances in this fight simply because Lashely "faked it" in pro wrestling?
Maybe Guida knows something we don’t. Or maybe he’s just decided to make himself into a court jester to ensure he entertains people in one way or another. Fight time is just a couple hours from now, so we’ll have our answer soon enough.
My goodness, Bobby Lashley is one large man. And Jason Guida is one brave/stupid one. You get the feeling that as a child, Guida would entertain himself by throwing rocks at wasps’ nests, because "wasps ain’t shit." Anyway, feel free to skip to the faceoff at the 3:08 mark, which leads to a nice little face-shove by Lashley at 3:59. It’s almost worth shelling out the $29.95 to see this one on pay-per-view — and definitely worth watching it on the Internet for free the next morning.
Also:Jeff Monson, who will be fighting Roy Nelson on Saturday night, couldn’t make it to yesterday’s "March Badness" press conference because he was involved in a minor car accident. (Ex-girlfriend cut his brake lines, maybe?) In the video after the jump, we see that even his own team is tired of his bullshit at this point.
"MMA is new to Bobby. I don’t have anything against him. Someday he could be good for MMA. I welcome him, after I beat him, to work at our club (Hellhouse) to learn how to fight. Lashley’s going to find out that this is MMA not WWE. He’s in for a rude awakening, which probably will be a good thing — he’ll be fighting a real MMA guy…This is for real. How long have you been faking? How long in the WWE? How long has it been since somebody hit you on the chin for real?"
Our good friend Ariel Helwani over at Versus.com has the scoop on Ken Shamrock’s replacement against Bobby Lashley for Roy Jones Jr’s “March Badness” event, and it’s Jason Guida, brother of UFC lightweight Clay Guida. If that name sounds familiar for another reason, it’s probably because Guida was scheduled to be a participant for season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but couldn’t make weight and was ruled ineligible after much pain and suffering and exposure of genitals. Now the 17-19 Guida will take on Lashley, who’s appearing in just his second pro fight.
As late replacements go, this isn’t a terrible one. Guida is experienced, though not exactly a stand-out. The guy’s lost his last three fights and has competed in an array of different weight classes with very mixed (read: unremarkable) results. But at least he’s not really old and – judging from his physique – doesn’t seem to be on steroids. He’s also a passionate cornerman, for what that’s worth.
Though Guida lacks the name recognition of Shamrock, he’s the kind of fighter who a hot prospect like Lashley ought to be able to beat if he is indeed a hot prospect. If he can’t, then he isn’t. Simple as that. Now please, don’t anybody go and do something to screw this thing up.
But does he really have a shot? Of course not. Lashley may be a newcomer to MMA, but he was a national wrestling champion in college. In addition to that, he’s also a superb athlete and is not really old, slow, and suffering visible effects from years of beatings. In other words, he has several crucial advantages over Shamrock.
Former greatest pound-for-pound boxer in the world Roy Jones Jr. is testing the waters of MMA promotion with a hybrid boxing/MMA card to be held March 21st in Pensacola, Florida. Jones’s company Square Ring Promotions, Inc. is hosting "March Badness" at the Pensacola Civic Center, featuring RJJ himself boxing in the main event against Palestinian-American journeyman Omar Sheika. Jones, who has held titles in four different weight classes during his career, is coming off a high-profile decision loss to Joe Calzaghe in November. Of greater interest to MMA fans is the event’s supporting card, which will feature three fairly compelling MMA matches.