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UFC 129 Aftermath: Business as Usual, as Usual

 

Yeah, that happened.

Ever since the UFC purchased Strikeforce, it has been business as usual.  Well, for some things at leastGeorges St. Pierre and Jose Aldo are still the kings of their respective weight classes.  Jumping karate kicks are still incredibly badass. A stadium full of over 55,000 fans could get pretty loud. You know, business as usual.

Georges St. Pierre extended his winning streak to nine fights last night in convincing fashion, exhibiting his superior stand-up skills en route to a unanimous decision victory over Jake Shields.  While Jake Shields displayed much better striking last night than anything we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him, he was also unable to get the fight to the ground.  Oh well, on to Anderson Silva now, right?

Well, not exactly.  GSP didn’t hide that he hasn’t committed to moving up to middleweight, and Anderson Silva still has to beat Yushin Okami for this to happen.  Oh yeah, there’s also one minor issue: Dana White seems interested in seeing GSP fight Nick Diaz.  But can Dana White really make this fight happen?  In the “business as usual” manner we’ve come to expect, Dana White said, “I imagine I could do whatever I wanted to do if I really wanted.  But we have a contract with Showtime, and he’s a Strikeforce fighter. We’ll see how it works out, but that’s an interesting fight.”  For what it’s worth, Jake Shields also likes the idea of Diaz vs. GSP.

If there is such a thing as winning during a loss, Mark Hominick managed to do so last night.  Faced with a seemingly indestructible Jose Aldo, Hominick showed a lot of heart by managing to steal the final round from the champion (at least on two of the judges’ score cards).  While Aldo was complimentary of Hominick after the fight, he also let it be known that Hominick didn’t exactly live up to his pre-fight promise of hitting Aldo harder than he’s ever been hit.  During the post-fight press conference, Jose Aldo laughed and said, “I talk with Anderson [Silva] a lot and like he says, ‘Even a parrot can talk.’”

As for Aldo’s next opponent, it appears that he will be fighting Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes next.  While Dana White admitted that he hasn’t talked to Mendes about fighting Jose Aldo yet, UFC’s return to Philadelphia (UFC 133, August 6) will more than likely host the fight.  Wild speculation, but I imagine that Urijah Faber will have Mendes checking kicks.

One final example of “business as usual” that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one:  Steven Seagal is still an incredibly dislikable human being.  Seagal caught up with mmafighting.com for an interview last night.  About halfway thought, he literally stops the interview to answer his phone.  It is what it is.

Main Card Results:

Georges St-Pierre def. jake Shields via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47) – defends welterweight title
Jose Aldo def. Mark Hominick via unanimous decision (48-45, 48-46, 49-46) – defends featherweight title
Lyoto Machida def. Randy Couture via KO (kick) – Round 2, 1:09
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Jason Brilz via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:20
Ben Henderson def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

-Seth Falvo

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Dagnut- May 4, 2011 at 12:16 am
I didn't say aikido was fake, I've actual been to a class..but it has nothing to do with fighting or combat sports...it's for self defense...the idea being you use the attackers energy and momentum against them...the kicks that Silva and Machida are using are not Aikido, those training videos are just publicity stunts.
dranokills- May 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm
aikido is not fake, look it up. seagal never fought professionally, he trained under a master for many years in the orient, and then trained others here in America before hollywood found out about what a phenom he is. he never had a chance to fight professionally, but his art would have hurt a lot of people.
It's not a sport, it is used to defend yourself, and fuck up your attacker badly. van damme is a joke regardless of his piddly small competition he did back when he was 20.
Seagal is an actor with a real skill dude. aikido is not a fake martial art...so I'm not sure if you are being stupid or what.
you can't compare movies to what he can really do, and you certainly cannot compare his younger self to his older self now, that is also just dumb.
you dont have to like seagal but you cannot say aikido is fake or lame cause thats just ignorant.
Thats like saying because Bruce Lee made movies he was fake. get a grip man.
Dagnut- May 3, 2011 at 8:04 am
@ Dranokills...seems like now I am just deliberately trolling you but again you're just wrong.
Van damme actually competed and has fought at a pretty reasonable level...simple google skills could of taught you that..how many fights has Seagal been in?
I'm no fan of that idiot Van Damme but Seagal is a joke..everything he does is stunt doubled and the little he does manage to get his fat ass to do is sped up...he's an actor I can't believe I have to spell this out for you....now that I think about I know you're not that stupid you're being ironic right?
PERPATRAITOR- May 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm
@mDino
you are one negative little bitch about anything on here. get some pussy or smoke a bowl of some good. stop to smell the roses...then jump in them.
Get Off Me- May 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm
@Danomite & RwilsonR
A)It's always exciting taking a GSP to win via decision at plus money. Seriously guys, stop looking at this as boring and start getting paid from it.
B)Look what Hominick did in his fight against Aldo versus what Shields did against GSP, that will show you were the blame should lie with the WW title fight being boring. Shields brought it on, but way too late. Like Danaher said, Shields has the equivalent of a KO punch in his Guillotine, would you want to tempt that if you were GSP? If you were Shields, would you not want to try everything in your power to try and set something up on the ground? At the end of the day, Shields couldn't get the fight where he needed because GSP was too good. It's not GSP's fault Jake does not know what to do when he get's blasted in a fight.
GSP is for the fight savy fan, you can almost control him from your couch at home, if GSP is in there with a great grappler, watch for the fight to stay standing, if GSP is the better grappler, look for the fight to go to the ground. It may not always be the most entertaining thing to watch, but that's why they have about ten other fights to show you every night GSP fights.
droops- May 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm
Couture could have defended himself if he had Chuck Norris help with his training..
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm
@tnbp right on brother. Just think guys if Gsp woulda koed Shields with the kick he landed like good ole country breakfast would you still be whining? Im sure those of you jealous of Gsp would be talking mad shit but for the most part everyone would be all amped up and clamoring for more. I dont know, maybe I look into it too much but I like the champs like gsp and Silva and Jones they dont talk alot of shit and they win the guys I hate are Lesnar, Koscheck, Serra, Hughes, Evans, Vera, K Flo... pretty much anyone that talks shit and cant back it up the way the humble guys do.
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Wow nice to see all the Gsp haters come out of the woodwork... after he did what he needed to do to win.. bottom line end of story.. oh I almost forgot he probably has a career threatening injury he fought through.. yes cp thats how you spell through.. why does everyone whine and bitch about someone that grew up under sized and pretty much a weakling that got bullied all day long and now is the welter world champ that no one can beat.. are you all serious.. I mean hey your opinions are like assholes they might stink but they are yours. The fight I saw last night saw Gsp landing at will until they eye injury and even displayed amazing take down defense. To me shields was the one that was looking horrible he couldnt get him down and Ive seen better striking in ghetto brawls than what shields displayed. Shields is a one trick pony and thats all he will ever be.. Diaz will not beat Gsp he leaves his hands open and if Gsp can see him he will pick him apart.. Diaz will NOT get Gsp down ever.. Lets not get all high on Diaz just yet.. I think he should come in and beat guys like Kampman and Sanchez and fitch before he gets GSP he he aint beating Sanchez thats for sure. Oh back to the eye injury thing dont blame Gsp for fighting like that cover one of your eyes then spar with it covered for like ohhh... 15 min or so and see how comfortable you are.. My bet is on a detached retina.. it didnt look like a poke.
tnbp- May 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm
@RwilsonR

I think GSP was just overly-cautious about Shields' ground game. We've all seen Shields take people down, blanket them, and win rounds. I think GSP had a good game plan last night: win the striking battle without overextending himself and leaving himself vulnerable to being taken down. I don't know when in the first round he hurt his eye, but it's tough to rag the guy for being off after that. I think he started out slow because he was being cautious of the takedown and then he was blind in one eye most of the fight after that. I don't hate on that, at all. I thought Hominick showed great heart but for anyone to compare Hominick's heart to GSP's in those respective fights (as another poster did) is completely unfair-- Hominick knew he was losing, GSP knew he was winning. If you're hurt and ahead (and you can't see punches coming), do you really go all out for a risky KO? I wouldn't. And I don't blame GSP for not doing it, either.
RwilsonR- May 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm
I agree with danomite. I haven't really been disappointed with GSP's fights until now, but I can't defend his performance last night. he absolutely battered Kos and Fitch on the feet, and lesser fighters would not have been able to take that level of punishment. Against Alves, he manhandled a much larger opponent, even after he tore his groin. And why did he tear his groin? Because he wasn't content to sit in top control, and he went for an armbar to try to finish. I was slightly disappointed in the Hardy fight, because while I think he continuously went for submissions, I couldn't understand why he didn't elbow the crap out of Hardy's face before attempting those submissions. Still, he was doing a great job against Hardy to try and submit him. And he absolutely crushed BJ Penn. So I never though the hate was warranted. However, the fight last night was an awful one for GSP. And I said this before - he just looked off last night, even before the eye issue. He looked slow, and unable to find his groove. I really hate to say it, but if he fought BJ Penn like he fought Shields, Penn would have pounded him. It just didn't look like GSP right from the outset. He won the stand-up, but his stand-up in the first round didn't look as good as it did against Kos, Fitch, Alves, or Penn. I dont know if it was nerves, pre-existing injury, or whatever, and it doesn't matter, but he just didnt seem on his best game last night. Since I don't think it is a pattern, because I don't buy into the "boring GSP" hate, I'll give him a pass and just chalk it up to a bad night. But I was definitely disappointed in him. Maybe it is unrealistic to expect jaw-dropping dominance from GSP, Anderson, and Aldo every fight. Just wasn't was I was hoping for out of him last night. Same goes for Aldo, though. I feel bad for Jon Jones when he first has a competitive fight where he doesn't demolish the competition.
tnbp- May 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm
A) I have no idea how two judges gave Shields two rounds in that fight. Absolutely no idea. Even in the "close" rounds, GSP's striking was crisper and he was landing the better shots. I was just as surprised as GSP looked when they announced a score of 48-47.

B) Haters are going to hate, apparently. GSP was throwing bombs all night and staggered Shields a couple times. Even if one of those punches had landed flush and KO'd Shields, I imagine haters would still find some way to discount it. Ridiculous. He was trying to win the fight and he was trying to finish. I read one comment that someone was complaining that GSP didn't throw any combos and wasn't trying to knock Shields out-- and whoever it was said that despite the fact that he was throwing a jab/overhand right combo THE ENTIRE FIGHT that had bad intentions behind it every time. Incredible to me that we could have had the EXACT same fight happen with just one of those overhand rights catching Shields just right and certain peoples' perception of the entire fight would be changed. Hating GSP is just ignorance. Period.
k-onda- May 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm
If you don't like the idea of Diaz vs. GSP, you're not a fight fan. The reason GSP's been able to pull off all these yawn-yawn victories is because he's well-rounded, and he could decide to keep the fight in his opponent's weakest area. Diaz is bomb-ass on the ground - even from the bottom, and a gnarly and aggressive puncher; and he has a sandbag for a head!
And about Seagall, if one more of "his fighters" pulls off a sick KTFO finish like this again, the man will be worshiped, as he should be.
dranokills- May 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm
seth falvo...whoever you are. look man just cause you don't like steven seagal doesn't mean everyone agrees with you. you are right , it is what it is, but in the wrong way. you don't GET Seagal, you are not into his stuff thus you pass judgment on him like all the other assclowns who want to thumb their nose at him. the facts are ,unlike goddamn chuck norris or jean claude van damm, Seagal is for real. chuck norris is a 1 trick pony living off the fact he had the HONOR of getting his ass handed to him by Bruce Lee and now there's a million stupid jokes about him, and van damm is a fake ass actor who knows about 1/3 the shit he pretends to know.
Steven Seagal answered his phone cause his wife and kid was calling, this wasn't a hollywood job where hes getting paid millions, it was a little small time MMA reporter (I like Helwani, but hes no big shot), and he wasn't getting paid he had the right to answer his phone. it makes him real, not a fake ass douchebag who pretends shit.
His skills are real, and the things he is teaching others is real. You can think otherwise or laugh all you want, a younger Steven seagal would be untouchable in any fight.
so get over yourself, your opinion is stupid and childish, and comes off as jealous and bitter.
danomite- May 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm
that was probably the first fight I've seen since ufc 69 where I was disappointed in GSP. Even the Hardy fight I could say that he would have finished anybody else in the first round with that armbar or kimura, but he did absolutely nothing to be proud of in this fight. One of the reasons he's my favorite is that he has the best technique out of anybody and he knows how to use all aspects of fighting effectively. But in this fight all he did was jab, overhand right, and spinning back kick. No setting up combinations, no leg kicks, no seamless transitions from striking to takedowns. I swear I thought I was watching Josh Koscheck in there for a little while. Just like in the Hardy fight when he tried to force the submission, he was trying to force a knockout in this fight. He basically fought a version of Jon Fitch with better submissions and somehow did worse than when he fought fitch. Even in the Josh Koscheck fight, which was only 4 months ago, he was mixing it up with left hooks. I'm not sure he threw one of those during this fight. I'd like to say that it was his eye that was the reason for this but he was doing the same thing in the first two rounds before the injury.
Thatt being said, there is no way Shields won any of those rounds. He did absolutely nothing in that fight to hurt GSP. He caught him with one good punch the entire fight and it bloodied his nose. That was his entire offense. Oh and a knuckle to the eye, but other than that I don't know of a single strike he landed cleanly. St Pierre was blasting his dome every round with that haymaker.
SethF- May 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm
@LOKI:

If I had Photoshop, that would already be done.
RearNakedSpoon- May 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm
Sure, putting him up against Diaz would make everyone happy. It will be refreshing to have them feeding cans to GSP like Silva has been getting. Finishes will come naturally then.
GSP shouldn't be allowed to move from 170 until he finishes everyone put infront of him.
LOKI- May 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Summery of Seagal's interview with Ariel: 'Haters gonna hate."
xveg- May 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Diaz fight would not be any different then him vs Sherk or Diego, he'd get decisioned by the wrestler. I buy that gsp was seriously affected by his eye, seemed like after rd 2 his depth perception was screwed up. He was landing easy and avoiding damage until that point, then he got overly cautious and started getting hit. Also I think gsp will never be a finisher again because I think he's probably making absurd money behind the scenes. PPV cut, Gatorade, under armor I wouldn't be surprised if he pulled close to 10mil/yr. Why would he want to take any risk if he can win easily when that kind of money is on the line. Also why would he want to fight a. silva when he could jeopardize that much money.
mDino- May 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm
nick diaz is too sloppy for gsp. he'd either get tagged moving forward or end up getting dumped and having to fight off his back the whole fight. he isnt very strong either
MentalyptiC- May 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm
I have to agree that both Shields and GSP looked bad. Sure GSP kept aquiring points with one good eye, but honestly the dude needs to finish a dam fight, everything's a 5 round decision. Getting very boring. Shields got way too much credit leading up to this, one would assume taking you opponent down is a part of BJJ, which he seemed to be unable to even attempt.

Homminik is the ****'n man.

Segal's haters can now GTFO. He obviously knows how to strike and can pass it onto new fighters.
TrouserSnout- May 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm
I thought GSP and Shields both looked like shit last night.
LOKI- May 1, 2011 at 11:51 am
Can someone photoshop a Double/Dragon style picture of Anderson and Lyoto doing a front kick high-five?
Mongrel- May 1, 2011 at 11:49 am
My main point is... GSP outclassed Shields with stand-up/take down ability, so what the fuck was he waiting for? It's like he was sitting back until, eventually, Shields started beating on him. Why couldn't he use some of his superhuman cardio/strength and just go ape shit on him with strikes?
I'm asking rhetorical questions that I already know the answer to: no killer instinct and a definite lack of confidence in his abilities.
Mongrel- May 1, 2011 at 11:41 am
GSP is a great athlete, but let's face it, he lacks the 'killer instinct' all fighters should have.

It was blatantly apparent that GSP was the superior striker. On top of that, he shrugged off a take down attempt, and then easily took Shields down when presented with an opportunity.
What the hell was with those overhand rights? He needs to get Dan Henderson in there to show him how it's done.

It's a fact that Nick Diaz is not as likable as GSP. However, I'm not one of those people who flocks around his latest controversial interview like a bitch on celebrity gossip. I think he's a phenomenal fighter, may he be the rain-man of MMA or not.

I'd like to see Nick Diaz push for a fight against GSP, and really take it seriously. I think underneath that whole 'tough-guy from the slums' exterior lies quite possibly the true 170-pound champion.
StinkFacer- May 1, 2011 at 11:37 am
man i cant believe im going to say this.... but i left last night feeling immeasurable respect for Jake Shields. Consider this:

He looked clean at the end of the 4th. GSP looked like processed hamburger meat. He obviously wasn't landing more shots, but it seemed like what GSP landed was weak too. This is a guy who mounted Dan Henderson for 4 rounds, doing what i generously call GnP....and didn't so much as leave a bruise. It seems his standup and power has improved vastly since then, and it hasn't been THAT long. Nevermind the fact that he accounted for himself in the standup MUCH better than Koscheck, and if those two fought, I imagine Jake Shields would again be labeled the underdog. Food for thought. Btw, that'd be a great fight.
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