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UFC Fight Night 21: Live Results and Pithy Commentary

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Hope you’ve got your bucket of Bojangles fried chicken and your usual Wednesday night energy drink/prescription allergy medication buzz, because Charlotte is ready to rock for UFC Fight Night 21. Tonight we find out whether Takanori Gomi still has any fireballs left in his arsenal, as well as whether Roy Nelson can find a way inside of Stefan Struve’s reach without having his face turned to mush. Keep it locked right here for live results and commentary, or else spend the rest of your life wondering whether you might have missed the best fat joke ever told.

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Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver

Round 1

Pearson darts in with a jab and Siver looks to keep him at bay with leg kicks. Both these guys look content to keep it standing for now, and with the hard hooks they’re throwing it seems like somebody’s going to mess around and get hurt that way. Pearson looks for a clinch but Siver ain’t having it. His left eye has puffed up some, however, showing the signs of Pearson’s right. Another hard right from Pearson staggers Siver. A superman punch from Pearson is followed up by a headkick, and Siver is in a bit of trouble. Pearson gets Siver’s back in the final minute. A bloodied Siver escapes to his feet and fires off a flurry before the bell sounds. It’s still Pearson’s round, 10-9.

Round 2

Pearson seems to be finding his range now, sticking Siver when he wants and staying out of the way of counters. Siver looks for a takedown but can’t come close. And there’s the Siver spinning back kick to the gut. Pearson takes it and seems mostly unfazed. Jumping knee from Pearson, and he seems to be really opening up his attack. Siver gets a takedown and then briefly takes Pearson’s back, but loses it and they get back to the feet. The round ends with Pearson looking fresher and sharper. Another 10-9 round for the Brit.

Round 3

Siver just can’t seem to figure out where Pearson is. He keeps getting stuck with jabs and is looking increasingly discouraged. Hard right stings Siver, but he comes right back with a takedown, landing in Pearson’s guard. Back on their feet, Pearson goes back to work and briefly tosses Siver down before allowing him to scramble up. Pearson just tagging Siver at will in the last thirty seconds. This should be an easy decision.

Ross Pearson def. Dennis Siver via unanimous decision

Pearson says Siver’s back kick tickled a little bit.  Is that a British idiom for ‘hurt like hell’?

We pause so Goldberg can interview B.J. Penn, and the first question is the always probing, “Are you ready?” Really digging deep here.

Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera

Round 1

A lot of feeling out going on early, trading tentative leg kicks, and some jackass will not quit screaming. Sounds like one of the judges has fallen asleep and is having a night terror. Rivera stings Quarry with a punch and Nate’s chin lifts up dangerously high. Rivera comes charging in and drops Quarry with a looping right. Quarry scrambles back to his feet quickly and gives some back before getting out of harm’s way. Another hard right from Rivera. Very little head movement from Quarry. Rivera drops him again and has him bloodied up. Quarry looks shaky with his back against the fence. Rivera is unloading on him and Quarry is just trying to survive now. He makes it out of the round, but just barely.

Round 2

Quarry comes out looking to be aggressive in the second frame. He succeeds in pushing Rivera back, but it seems like he’s lost his snap. A hard right from Rivera stuns Quarry, and a follow-up left hook drops him. He’s just covering up and waiting for it to be over. Yamasaki has mercy upon him and stops it as Rivera rains down hammer fists.

Jorge Rivera def. Nate Quarry via TKO (punches) at 0:29 of round 2

Rivera gets emotional talking about Jesus, says he asked for this fight because he knew it would be a good one for the fans.  Milford, Mass — what!

Dana White drops by with Joe Rogan to pump us up for the premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which, in case you haven’t heard, is on right after this event. Rogan walks right up the brink of asking him whether the Tito injury rumors are true, but he stops short of mentioning that particular rumor, and obviously DW isn’t giving anything away. So what did we learn? That both Chuck and Tito are “psycho competitive.” Great.

Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve

A power outage in the arena puts the fight on hold.  Come on, Bojangles Coliseum. You’re in the big time now. Act like it.

We bide our time with Caol Uno vs. Gleison Tibau from the prelims. Tibau drops Uno with some huge punches midway through the first, then again before jumping on him to finish Uno with strikes from the top with less than a minute left in the round. Uno isn’t sure where he is when he gets up. You can’t blame him for wanting to be somewhere else just now.

Joe Rogan’s explanation for the power outage on Twitter: "Arianny plugged her vibrator in backstage and crushed the circuit breaker." Wow.

Round 1

Nelson seems to be having no trouble at all getting inside Struve’s reach. He’s winging big looping right hands that reach Struve’s jaw at their apex. A big right from Nelson drops Struve to the canvas and several heavy follow-up blows seal the deal. And there’s the trademark belly rub. It’s officially a “Big Country” party now.

Roy Nelson def. Stefan Struve via TKO (punches) at 0:39 of round 1

Nelson says Struve will be a stud when he’s 25, presumably because then he’ll be able to rent a car. When asked who he’d like to fight next he responds, "James Toney." This gets a laugh from Joe Rogan.

Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi

Round 1

Okay, it’s still weird to see Gomi in the Octagon. Not sure when I’ll get over that. They’re both cautious to start the fight. Florian is testing the range with his right hand jab. Good leg kick from Florian. Gomi tosses a hard right and Florian blocks it, clearly cognizant of Gomi’s power. Florian’s brother shouts from the corner, trying to keep Kenny from getting into a brawl with a power puncher. A left from Gomi stings Florian, but KenFlo comes back with a couple nice jabs to pop his head back. Florian’s jab is proving to be the difference-maker so far. It’s a close round, but Florian may have won it by being busier.

Round 2

The more Florian proves himself to be better able to land at will, the more Gomi seems to be looking for one big shot. Florian eats a punch and then grabs Gomi in a clinch for a body shot. Florian looks like he might want a takedown, but Gomi stops it before he can even get started. Gomi misses big with a uppercut, and then with a head kick. Is he getting desperate? Possibly, but Florian is definitely ahead on the scorecards now.

Round 3

Florian starts the round with a shot and then settles for a clinch against the cage. They separate and go back to staring at each other in the center of the cage, but the next takedown attempt from Florian is a big winner. He lands in Gomi’s guard and looks to introduce him to the hellbows. Florian passes the guard and mounts Gomi, who then gives up his back. Florian quickly locks up the rear naked choke, and Gomi is forced to tap. Impressive, patient performance from KenFlo.

Kenny Florian def. Takanori Gomi via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:52 of round 3

That’s it for us.  Enjoy the premiere of the new "Ultimate Fighter" season, and we’ll talk tomorrow.

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fatbellyfrank- April 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm
@ Randy Pan, Couple of things:
I have a sneaking suspicion you live under a bridge and spend your time frightening Three Billy Goat's, however, you present a baseless argument, If MMA is Homoerotic, well then you have to say every other sport is also, the language of collision and fighting sports is a brutal and expressive language.
The object of MMA is to dominate your opponent, and when that is acheived, in MMA circles I am aware of, the language reflects that domination, and one method of expressing that domination is the use of terms like "Totally fucked him up" "Owned his ass" etc, this is because to the average heterosexual male these situations are the most horrifying they can Imagine, and no self respecting hetero male would want to be dominated in that fashion, it's just words dude, now shut up before I penis whip you into submission
rlh61- April 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm
dranokills...I apologize...I should have included you in the list of posters willing to provide a witty comment!
dranokills- April 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm
At least you didn't post randy that would just be way over the homoerotic top.
I guess it's easy to see homo shit when you don't have a sense of humor or you just aren't man enough to realize that most guys will say these things in a way as to INSULT another man.....NOT try to get an erection.
Naww ,who woulda thought of that? Certainly not "horny-pan".
rlh61- April 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm
Randy Pan, when I use the term 'nut-hugging' I don't mean that in the literal sense nor do I use it because of any latent homoeroticism . I think you are way over-analyzing the general shit-talking that goes on here. Or in more simplistic terms, lighten up. It simply means that there is a particular fighter that I've always been a fan of and I don't like trashing him or admitting he's well beyond his prime, even if it needs to be said.

Also, the "rape him/push his shit in" phrases are more about physical domination of another male fighter, not sexual domination of him. Yeah, it sounds a lot like prison lingo, but again it's not a homoerotic use of the phrase for most of us. Now I'm sure there are homosexuals that read/post to this site that may see it that way, but certainly not all of us.

I still can't believe you called MMA an "overwhelmingly homoerotic sport"...I'm thinking you might be James Toney in disguise! You're not illiterate at's all been an act and now you've been exposed. How clever of you to openly say that you 'ain't goin to let no one lay on you like some fag', then post an articulate (though grossly inaccurate) statement.

Now if some of my MMA compadres decide to comment on this, I'm sure it won't be nearly as gentle as this (I'm thinking ReX13, ghostboner, robthom, El Guapo, El Famous Burrito, steampunk22, and skeletor among others will have particularly witty comments).

Oh good lord, I wrote things like 'gentle' and 'ghostboner'...that must make me homosexual.
Randy Pan- April 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm
Hahaha, okay. You're totally correct. There's not a trace of homoeroticism in MMA. This is a sport where fans talk about fighters fucking each other in the ring, and I'm projecting homoeroticism onto MMA.
dranokills- April 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm
Randy Pan you must be british , does MMA make you " randy"?
You ever heard of projecting? Well all this gay talk does is make YOU look gay. It's like the fucked up church people who see penises in artwork...maybe they WANT to see penises so much they see penises in everything.
Maybe you see gayness in MMA cause you secretly want to suck a cock, but whatever the reason , the one you are giving is lame, and will continue to get you chastised on this, and any MMA hub, so if you wish to continue this line of gayness we will all oblige you and call you a fag for it......fair enough?
Randy Pan- April 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I don't think I have much of an "agenda" that I'm pushing on anyone. I mean, I have opinions about MMA that I express on an MMA forum. I guess that constitutes "pushing an agenda"? Not really sure what you mean.

As for MMA being homoerotic, I think it's pretty clear. Chael Sonnen tapped into it, albeit in a very stupid way, when he suggested that the use of the full-guard in BJJ was akin to gay sex. A lot of positional-control grappling moves in MMA resemble gay sex. I'm not suggesting that MMA is explicitly about homosexuality, or that MMA fighters/fans are closet-homosexuals, but I do think that there is a kind of homoeroticism lingering under the surface of the fight game. I think that one of the latent functions of ring-girls is to reinforce the heterosexuality of men watching as other half-naked men exchange sweat while they roll around on the ground on-top of each other.

To top it all off, MMA fans repeatedly use the phrase "nut-hugger" and conjure up images of male-on-male rape/sex/penetration to express that one fighter thoroughly dominated another. "Nut-hugger" isn't very charged, but I think it's clear that there is a dimension of homoeroticism to MMA when you can go onto an MMA-forum and read about how so-and-so will fight so-and-so and will "rape him"/ "push his shit in".
Dr.- April 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm
Nelson looks more fucking shredded than normal.
Crap Factory- April 1, 2010 at 9:13 am
Anyone have the pay outs for this show yet? I wonder what Big Country got paid for that epic knock out.
Titos Head- April 1, 2010 at 8:14 am
@LittleDoomsday i must concur sir
aaronb- April 1, 2010 at 8:13 am
Just so yall remember.

aaronb Says:
Tue, 03/30/2010 - 11:29

Florian,Tibau and Volkmann is a high end parlay.
iDestroy- April 1, 2010 at 6:16 am
I love Gomi, but I can't say I'm surprised. And Kenflo isn't middle of the pack. He's top 5 in the world at least, and #2 in the UFC. DW definitely threw Gomi to the wolves.
rlh61- April 1, 2010 at 6:15 am caught me...I watched it. Couldn't help myself...even though I swore I wouldn't watch another season. This is 'Step 1' right?
mackojr- April 1, 2010 at 6:04 am
Man Gomi looked horrible. he showed no offense what so ever. As soon as the fight went to the ground it was over and odly enough very reminesant of what BJ Penn did to Florian.
MMA Mafia- April 1, 2010 at 5:55 am
Pride ended a while ago. Gomi ain't what he used to be. Nate still fights like a robot. Roy's gonna rub his belly after every win. Chuck and Tito hate each other. They don't make TUF doors like they used to. Did I miss anything?

PS I already know I'm an idiot so save your comments. lol
mothercruncher- April 1, 2010 at 3:46 am
robthom- April 1, 2010 at 3:40 am
Why do you feel its so important to admit this?

If there's even anything to your assertion.

Aint got nothing against gays.

Except for you constantly pushing your agenda on everybody.

Randy Pan- April 1, 2010 at 2:27 am
While I really do love MMA, I feel that MMA fans should admit that it's an overwhelmingly homoerotic sport. Particularly when you take into account that MMA fans love to say the phrases "nut-hugger" and "push his shit in".

No homo?
robthom- March 31, 2010 at 10:52 pm
"Tito wasn't annoying enough to make me puke, but I know it's coming. "

Hehe, you watched tuf.

I still need to catch up on this fight night deal though, so I guess I shouldn't talk.
rlh61- March 31, 2010 at 10:17 pm
I have to agree regarding the first episode of this season.

Tito wasn't annoying enough to make me puke, but I know it's coming.

Chuck was more coherent than some recent clips I've seen of him (that makes this Liddell nut-hugger happy).

Dana said 'pussy' three times without it getting censored. I thought Spike had to meet the 'decency' requirements so there might be a fine or two if the FCC was paying attention. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it was fuckin' cool to hear 'pussy' on a channel that wasn't HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, etc...

The fights and clips they showed weren't too bad. Like dranokills said, the warewolf looked tough, though it's hard to judge based on 30 seconds of fighting. One of the three-rounders was a the loser gets back on via the 'wildcard'...whatever the fuck that is.

Anyway, if they handle this one without the Kimbo-esque bullshit hype, this season may be okay...but I'll hold judgement for a few weeks.

Oh, and those cheap-ass swap meet doors take another beating. I've seen paper run-throughs at high school football games that were tougher to break through...
dranokills- March 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Damn wheres the topic on the first episode of TUF?
what a great season a high kicking werewolf wins, and 2 face from the batman comics just beat up and MASHED the nose of Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley.
And some pussy ass frenchman made sure to tell the camera that he was going to show the world that the french were NOT pussy, yet quits after the first round ass beating he was getting....seriously! Wow dude you sure showed the world. I think GSP should attack you in the airport and beat your ass all the way back home you little frog.
dranokills- March 31, 2010 at 9:06 pm
ha, Im a fanboy noob cause I called it as I saw it.
Look tool, just cause you can't let go of the past and admit PRIDE was just another second rate wannabee with middle of the road talent, doesn't make me a fanboy, or a noob.
There was so much hype on this Gomi cat, and all his nuthuggers have talked waaaaay more fucking shit than I just did.
face it, Gomi might as well change his name to Blowmi cause that is all the action he is worth.

Patrick- March 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm
Dranokills is a total fanboy noob.
fiveforfive- March 31, 2010 at 8:39 pm
that is serious the worst broken nose i have ever ever ever seen. rich and forrest noses make fun of this nose in the playground.
jimbonics- March 31, 2010 at 7:17 pm
Florian Bacne?