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MMA: Inside the Cage #103: “Strikeforce’s Last Stand”

MMA: Inside the Cage #103: “Strikeforce’s Last Stand”


[CLOSED CAPTIONED] [MUSIC] (CYRUS) WELCOME TO MMA INSIDE
THE CAGE, BRINGING THE WORLD OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
STRAIGHT TO YOU. THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THE
CLUSTERF, I MEAN THE CONFUSING SITUATION THAT IS
STRIKEFORCE. IS THERE A FUTURE FOR THE
ORGANIZATION OR IS IT ON LIFE SUPPORT? ALSO WE’RE GOING TO CHECK OUT
TUFF N UFF, WHICH SHOULD BE THE TOP AMATEUR
ORGANIZATION IN THE NATION TODAY. I’M YOUR HOST CYRUS FEES AND
AS ALWAYS I’M JOINED BY THE REAL MOST INTERESTING MAN
IN THE WORLD MISTER CASEY OXENDINE. (CASEY) WELL LIKE MY BEARDED
BROTHER, YOU KNOW I AM A LOVER, NOT A FIGHTER, BUT
I’M ALSO A FIGHTER SO DON’T GET ANY IDEAS. (CYRUS) WE NEVER WOULD. WE NEVER WOULD. LOTS OF STUFF TO COVER THIS
WEEK SO LETS DIVE RIGHT INTO THE MMA NEWS FLURRY. WELL THINGS ARE SHUFFLING IN
THE UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION AS CHRIS WEIDMAN
DEFINITELY MADE HIMSELF A TITLE CONTENDER BY SMASHING
MARK MUNOZ. A LOT OF FOLKS HAD HIM A
SHOE-IN FOR THE TITLE SHOT. BUT THERE’S ANOTHER GROUP
SAYING THAT HECTOR LOMBARD COULD TAKE THAT SPOT
IF HE TAKES OUT TIM BOETSCH THIS WEEKEND AT UFC 149. NOW CASEY, PUT YOURSELF IN
DANA WHITE’S SHOES, DO YOU PUT WEIDMAN IN THERE OR DO YOU
PUT IN THE FORMER BELLATOR CHAMP IF HE GETS THE
WIN? (CASEY) WELL I MEAN, WHAT
ABOUT BRIAN STANN, AND BISBING YOU KNOW WHAT I’M
SAYING? (CYRUS) IT’S OUT THERE. (CASEY) THOSE ARE TWO MORE
GUYS UP THERE. I SAY IT’S BETWEEN THOSE FOUR
GUYS. I THINK THAT HECTOR LOMBARD IS
DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE TO YOU KNOW REPRESENT HIMSELF
THERE IN THE UFC FIRST. HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO YOU KNOW
GET SOME WINS. HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK
GOOD, NOT JUST GOING TO HAND IT OVER YOU KNOW, TO A
FORMER BELLATOR CHAMPION. THEY’RE GOING TO WORK FOR IT. (CYRUS) YEAH, I THINK YOU
COULD BE RIGHT. I THINK IF LOMBARD WINS, IF HE
GETS THROWN IN THERE. I JUST THINK IT’S JUST A BIG
MONEY SITUATION OF COURSE BISBING ALWAYS BRINGS
BISBING AS WELL. NOW WE HATE TO REVISIT IT, BUT
IT LOOKS LIKE THE RESULT ARE INCONCLUSIVE IN THE DEATH
OF DUSTIN JENSON, OF COURSE THE FIGHTER FROM SOUTH
DAKOTA WHO DIED FOLLOWING A MMA EVENT. NOW ACCORDING TO THE AUTOPSY
HE DIED FROM AN INJURY ONE WEEK BEFORE THE FIGHT FROM
BLUNT TRAUMA TO THE HEAD STILL SUCH A SAD SITUATION,
BUT YOU KNOW WE’RE STILL TRYING TO HELP THE
FAMILY AS YOU CAN SEE THAT RIGHT THERE ON THE SCREEN. GO TO GO FUND ME MAKE THAT
HAPPEN, YOU GOT THE FULL BEARD, WE’D LOVE TO SHAVE
IT OFF. BUT REALLY WE JUST WANT TO
HELP THE FAMILY. (CASEY) YEAH AND IT’S GETTING
THICK HERE YOU KNOW I’M REALLY TRYING TO ENTICE YOU
GUYS TO DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP THESE PEOPLE AND IT IS
VERY, VERY SAD. IT SOUNDS LIKE A CLEAR CUT
CASE OF SECOND IMPACT SYNDROME IN MY OPINION, I’M
NOT GOING ON RECORD AND SAYING (CYRUS) YES, (CASEY)
BUT THAT’S WHAT IT IS AND THAT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS
THAT YOU KNOW THAT HAPPEN. YOU KNOW REMEMBER BOOM-BOOM
MANCINI YEARS AGO, YOU KNOW THAT HAPPEN THERE AND IT
JUST ANYTIME THAT HAPPENS ITS VERY, VERY SAD. I HOPE THAT EVERYONE WILL YOU
KNOW TAKE HEED AND CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING THAT YOU
CAN. (CYRUS) I THINK SO TOO. NOW FINALLY A NEW MMA SHOW IS
APPEARING IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IT’S CALLED ABU DHABI WARRIORS
AND THEIR INAUGURAL EVENT IS OCTOBER 26TH IN ABU DHABI
IN THE U.A.E. NOW IT’S ALL PART OF THE UAEJJ. THEY HAD THAT BIG 2012 WORLD
PROFESSIONAL JIU JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP, WHERE THEY
GAVE ONE MILLION DOLLAR IN PRIZE MONEY, NOT ONLY ARE
THEY DOING THE MMA, THEY’RE DOING ALL KINDS OF
COOL EVENTS, ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP REALITY
SHOW, ALL KINDS OF COOL STUFF, INCLUDING MAYBE SOME
SHOWS IN THE US. YOU KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY
HAVE THE RIGHT IDEA PARTNER. THEY HAVE SUCH A COOL HISTORY
YOU KNOW IN THAT AREA WITH GRAPPLING THAT THIS JUST
ALL REALLY MAKES SENSE. (CASEY) YEAH LIKE 15 YEARS AGO
THEY DID THE ABU DHABI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE
FIRST TIME, AND IT REALLY, REALLY IT CHANGED THE
FACE OF GRAPPLING BECAUSE OF THE PRICE MONEY THAT THEY
WERE GIVING OUT AND IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY’RE DOING THE
SAME THING WITH THE MMA EVENT. THERE’S SO MUCH MONEY DOWN
THERE IT PROVIDES THE ESSENTIAL TOOLS TO GET AN
MMA ORGANIZATION OFF THE GROUND. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT MEDIA
TELEVISION, THE INTERNET PUSH, EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED
YOU KNOW WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO GO TO ABU DHABI THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE WORLD AND WATCH FIGHTS. BUT WITH THE MONEY THAT IS
BEHIND THIS, WITH SOMEBODY WHO REALLY DOESN’T CARE IF
THEY MAKE THE MONEY OR LOSS THE MONEY THESE PEOPLE
ARE BILLIONAIRES, MASS BILLIONAIRES, YOUR
TALKING ABOUT A PLACE THAT COULD GO FROM WORST TO
FIRST AS AN MMA MEGA POWER REAL FAST. (CYRUS) YEAH, MAN THAT’S A BIG
STEP TO GO FIRST BUT WHO KNOWS, LIKE YOU SAID, IF
THEY’VE GOT THE MONEY THEY CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. AFTER THE BREAK WE’RE GOING TO
TRY TO DISSECT STRIKEFORCE. WE’RE GOING TO TRY. DOES IT EVEN HAVE A CHANCE TO
SURVIVE? RIGHT NOW GET YOUR GUARD UP
BECAUSE IT’S TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S MMA INSIDE THE
CAGE HIT PARADE. [FIGHT AND CROWD SOUNDS] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] (CYRUS) AND WE’RE BACK SECOND
ROUND TIME, YOU KNOW AFTER A REALLY GOOD OUTING AT LAST
WEEKENDS WITH ROCKHOLD VERSUS KENNEDY FIGHT IN
PORTLAND, STRIKEFORCE SHOULD BE FEELING REALLY GOOD
RIGHT NOW. BUT BEFORE THE EVENT EVEN GOT
STARTED, YOU HAD TIM KENNEDY VERY UPSET AT THE
PRESS CONFERENCE. APPARENTLY THERE’S ONLY, HE
SAID THERE WAS ONLY FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE OUT THERE TO
COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE, WHICH THERE
PROBABLY WASN’T VERY MANY PEOPLE THERE. DO YOU FEEL LIKE HE SHOULD BE
UPSET ABOUT THIS? (CASEY) STRIKEFORCE IS A VERY
TOP TIER ORGANIZATION WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE TALENT WISE. (CYRUS) I AGREE. (CASEY) THEY AREN’T ON TOP
TIER AS FAR AS UFC’S TOP GUYS, BUT THERE ARE LOWER
LEVEL GUYS IN THE UFC THAT WOULD GET SMASHED BY THE
TOP TIER GUYS IN STRIKEFORCE. SO I UNDERSTAND THE REASONING
BEHIND TIM KENNEDY. BUT YOU HAVE TO LOOK, YOU’RE
FOLLOWING A HUGE MMA MEGA EVENT AT UFC 148, AS WELL
AS THE EXPO, THEN YOU FOLLOW IT UP WITH THE FUEL
EVENT THAT THEY HAD THAT WEDNESDAY, FOLLOWING. (CYRUS) THEN 149 COMING UP
THIS WEEKEND YEAH, SO A LOT OF STUFF. (CASEY) ABSOLUTELY, SO IT
MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR A STRIKEFORCE WHICH IS, IT’S
ON SHOWTIME BUT THEIR SHOWS, THEIR EVENTS ARE VERY
FEW AND VERY FAR BETWEEN TO GET THAT KIND OF PUSH. REALLY THE BIG NAME IN
STRIKEFORCE RIGHT NOW IS RONDA ROUSEY. SHE MAKES STRIKEFORCE BECAUSE
OF HER TALK, BECAUSE OF THE PUSH AND I THINK A LOT OF
FIGHTERS OR FANS WOULD WATCH THESE FIGHTERS FIGHT. I MEAN, TIM KENNEDY, LUKE
ROCKHOLD IS A MEGA SHOW, A MEGA FIGHT, BUT A LOT OF
PEOPLE JUST DIDN’T KNOW BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN
ECLIPSED BY THE UFC. (CYRUS) WELL DO YOU THINK THEY
NEED TO BE LIKE, I MEAN I’M GOING TO PUT IT LIKE THIS
WE’VE BEEN TO SOME OF THEIR BIGGEST EVENTS. WE’VE BEEN TO THE FEDOR FIGHTS. WE’VE BEEN TO ROUSEY VERSUS
TATE, WHICH WAS A CRAZY EVENT AT THE ARNOLDS. THEY DO KNOW HOW TO PUT ON A
GOOD SHOW, BUT LIKE YOU SAID IT’S SO FEW AND FAR
BETWEEN. DO YOU THINK THEY JUST NEED TO
INCREASE THE TALENT POOL, PUT ON SOME MORE SHOWS AND
REALLY GET BEHIND IT BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE IT’S
JUST LIKE THE STEPCHILD OVER THERE, THAT THEY JUST
DON’T CARE ABOUT, EVEN WHEN THERE’S A BIG FIGHT
COMING UP THEY BARELY YOU KNOW PUT ANY BACKING BEHIND IT
AS FAR AS ADVERTISING. (CASEY) I DON’T THINK IT’S THE
FIGHTERS AND THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION AT ALL, LIKE I
SAID YOU’VE GOT ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT CHANNELS AND
YOU EVEN GOT SPIKE IN THE MIX WITH BELLATOR AND THEY’RE
A MEGA POWER. SPIKE HAS ALWAYS BEEN UFC
BUILT THEM. SO, I DON’T THINK IT’S THAT, I
THINK IT’S MORE SO IS THEY ARE ON SHOWTIME BUT OF COURSE
THAT IS A PREMIUM CHANNEL. YOU CAN’T JUST FLIP TO AND I
JUST FEEL LIKE THAT THEY AREN’T PUSHED AND
PUBLICIZED THE WAY THAT A LOT OF UFC SHOWS ARE. (CYRUS) THAT’S IT, YEAH. I THINK YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT. WELL THEY DO HAVE SOME GREAT
TALENT AND THERE WAS A REPORT THAT CAME OUT FROM DAVE
MELTZER WHO IS HE’S A TRUSTED REPORTER IN THE SPORT
BUT HE SAID THAT FIGHTERS LIKE RONDA ROUSEY, LUKE
ROCKHOLD AND GILBERT MELENDEZ WOULD BE BARRED FROM
GOING TO THE UFC. NOW DANA DID REFUTE THIS. HE SAID THAT’S NOT THE CASE. THERE’S A LOT OF CONTROVERSY
THAT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH IS THERE. BUT I KNOW THAT’S SOMETHING
THAT BOTHERS THOSE FIGHTERS BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT A
GUY LIKE GILBERT MELENDEZ AND HE’S A GUY THAT SAYS HE’S
NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD BUT DOESN’T GET ANYBODY TO
FIGHT. YOU KNOW HE’S GOING TO GET PAT
HEALY BUT HE WANTS TO FIGHT GUYS LIKE FRANKIE EDGAR,
GRAY MAYNARD. DO YOU BLAME HIM FOR BEING
UPSET? (CASEY) WELL IF THIS IS THE
TRUTH WITH SHOWTIME MAKING THAT DEAL WHENEVER
ZUFFA ACQUIRED STRIKEFORCE, I UNDERSTAND WHY SHOWTIME
WOULD DO THIS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PRODUCT IN
STRIKEFORCE THAT THEY’VE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT
WITH. THEY WANT TO BE SURE THAT ALL
THESE FIGHTERS AREN’T GOING TO DO WHAT WE EXPECTED THEM TO
DO AND THAT’S (CYRUS) LIKE YOUR NICK DIAZ’S AND YOUR
MAYHEM, MILLER’S, (CASEY) TO MAKE THAT JUMP UP TO THE
BIG SHOW, SO THEY, THERE GOING TO PUT A LIEN ON THAT. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW
THAT TO HAPPEN BUT THEY SAY THAT THEY’LL ALLOW IT TO
BELLATOR BECAUSE THEY DON’T FEEL THAT IS A MARQUEE
COMPETITOR. I DON’T KNOW, DANA WHITE SAYS
IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. THERE’S NO PROOF THAT SAYS IT
HAPPEN. IF IT HAPPENED AND THE
FIGHTERS DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT, I WOULD BE VERY CONCERNED. I WOULD BE VERY UPSET, BECAUSE
YOU DON’T HAVE ANY CONTROL. WHY SHOULD WHERE YOU’RE
FIGHTING NOW HAVE ANY CONTROL. ONCE YOU’RE OUT OF CONTRACT
HOW CAN ANYONE TELL YOU THAT WHAT YOU CAN OR CAN’T DO. YOU’RE NOT UNDER CONTRACT
ANYMORE. (CYRUS) FAIR ENOUGH, FAIR
ENOUGH, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT CASEY, THERE’S A LOT OF
STUFF GOING ON WITH STRIKEFORCE WE’RE JUST
GOING TO SEE HOW IT PANS OUT. THEIR NEXT EVENT IS ROUSEY
VERSUS KAUFMAN. IT’S GOING TO BE AUGUST 18TH
ON SHOWTIME, OF COURSE THEY’RE GOING TO PULL OUT ALL
THE STOPS FOR THAT ONE. TUFF N UFF COMING UP AFTER THE
BREAK AND YOUR GOING TO LOVE THE MAIN EVENT, DON’T GO
ANYWHERE, WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] (CYRUS) WELL IT’S THIRD ROUND
TIME, TIME TO IMPRESS THE JUDGES. WELL I THINK I CAN SPEAK FOR
BOTH OF US, CASEY, WHEN WE SAY THAT AMATEUR ORGANIZATIONS
CAN BE JUST AS GOOD AS SOME OF THE PRO ORGANIZATIONS IF
DONE RIGHT HERE IN THE US. (CASEY) I’VE PERSONALLY
WITNESSED ONE THOUSAND PLUS MMA EVENTS IN PERSON AND
I CAN TELL YOU, FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THERE ARE
EVENTS THAT ARE ALL AMATEUR THAT I’VE SEEN THAT
COMPARE TO PRO EVENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL KNOW THE
DIFFERENCE WOULD BE THE ABSENCE OF THE ELBOWS AND
THE ROUND COUNTERS. (CYRUS) YEAH, (CASEY) AND
REALLY TRULY IF YOU PUT ON GOOD SEASON FIGHTERS, A
FIGHT IS A FIGHT. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU SAY
THIS GUY IS AMATEUR WHAT LABEL THAT YOU PLACE ON THE
FIGHT. THE FIGHTERS ARE FIGHTERS AND
WITH TUFF N UFF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT IN LAS VEGAS
THESE ARE THE BIGGEST GYMS IN THE UNITED STATES RIGHT
THERE. THEY BRING IN A TON OF TALENT. THEIR WOMEN’S COMPETITION IS
REALLY, REALLY TOP TIER A LOT OF PEOPLE CONSIDER THAT TO
ME THE WORLD CHAMPION OF AMATEUR WOMEN’S MMA. I THINK THAT AMATEUR MMA IS
TRULY A FUNDAMENTAL PLACE, HAS A FUNDAMENTAL PLACE IN
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS AND TUFF N UFF MAY JUST BE THE MARQUEE
OF THAT. (CYRUS) I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT. WELL I’LL TELL YOU WHAT
PRODUCTION WISE THEY’RE ON PAR WITH ANY OF THE TOP SHOWS
OUT THERE. I MEAN VERY COOL, VERY HD
FOOTAGE, ALL THE STUFF THAT YOU SEE ON THE UFC OR A
BELLATOR YOU SEE ACTUALLY ON THE TUFF N UFF BROADCAST. IT’S GREAT. THEY’VE BEEN PUTTING ON SHOWS
SINCE ’06. THEY PACK OUT THE HOUSE. THEY PRODUCE SOME BIG TIME
TALENT AND LIKE YOU SAID THE WOMEN GREAT, THE LYBARGER
TWINS, D’ALELIO, JESSAMYN DUKE, SHE’S BEEN OVER
THERE. (CASEY) JESSAMYN DUKE. (CYRUS) SHE’S AWESOME. THERE WEBSITE IS TUFFNUFFTV.COM. THEIR NEXT EVENT IS MAYHEM IN
MESQUITE ON AUGUST 18TH. BUT RIGHT NOW LET’S STOP
TALKING AND GO RIGHT TO THE FOOTAGE. THEIR LAST EVENT WAS
FESTIBRAWL INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK, HAD SOME KILLER
FIGHTS. SO INSTEAD OF ONE FIGHT, WE’RE
GOING TO GIVE YOU THREE BIG FINISHES FROM THAT EVENT. IT’S OUR MMA INSIDE THE CAGE
MAIN EVENT OF THE WEEK. (REFEREE) DO YOU HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS? DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? YOU TOUCH GLOVES, DO IT NOW,
GO TO YOUR CORNERS. (COM1) SO HERE WE GO IN THE
FEATHER WEIGHT DIVISION, HANSEL AQUINO IN THE
BLACK TRUNKS, KYLE NEAL IN THE WHITE. (REFEREE) YOU READY? YOU READY? FIGHT! (BELL RINGS) (COM1) THREE
TWO-MINUTE ROUNDS SCHEDULED. (COM2) OH (COM1) BIG RIGHT
HAND TO AQUINO, (COM2) THAT’S GOING TO BE IT. (COM1) WOW! (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1) OH, NO
KYLE NEAL IS HURT AND SHAKING, (COM2) THAT IS A
BRUTAL FINISH. (COM1) KYLE NEAL GOING TO TRY
TO STAND UP AGAIN, LOOKS LIKE HE IS (COM1) STILL A
LITTLE WOBBLY (ANNOUNCER) THIS IS WHAT THESE FIGHTERS DO
FOR YOU. (COM1) AND LOOK A HUG, NEAL
GOES OVER TO AQUINO (ANNOUNCER) THEY DO IT
WITH HEART AND THEY DO IT FOR FREE, AND THEY DO IT FOR
THE FANS, FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPORT. LET’S HEAR IT FOR THESE TWO
FIGHTERS. (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1)
UNPARALLELED. (CROWD CHEERING) (COM2) FOR
KYLE NEAL BEING ASSISTED OUT, BUT HE’S OKAY. (ANNOUNCER) AFTER SEVEN
SECONDS INTO THE FIRST ROUND YOUR WINNER BY KNOCK
OUT, HANSEL AQUINO! (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1) SO
JUST SEVEN SECONDS. (COM2) FOR HANSEL AQUINO TO
PICK UP A WIN, HIS AMATEUR DEBUT. (COM1) 170 POUNDS ACTION
JUSTIN DRIGGERS IN THE BLACK TRUNKS, ZACH THE RIPPER
HOLBROOK IN THE PURPLE, THE JOE SULLIVAN THE REFEREE
IN THE CAGE. BOTH FIGHTERS LOOK LIKE THEY
WANT TO STRIKE. GOT THE ANKLE WRAPS ON. (BELL RING) LET’S DO IT. HOLBROOK VERY POISED AND CALM. (COM2) CRISP RIGHT HAND FROM
DRIGGERS, (COM1) DRIGGERS LOOKS LIKE A LOADED
GUN. (FIGHT SOUNDS AND CROWD NOISE)
(COM1) JUST WALKS FORWARD WITH NO CONCERN WHATSOEVER
DELIVER THAT STIFF RIGHT HAND. (COM2) ACTION NOW AGAINST THE
CAGE, DRIGGERS GETS THE TAKE DOWN, SETTLES ON TOP. ZACH HOLBROOK WITH A CLOSED
GUARD, HIS BACK AGAINST THE CAGE. (COM1) NOTICE TO, IF YOU CAN
THE TOES OF ZACH HOLBROOK, MATCHING PURPLE TO
THE TRUNKS. (COM2) STYLISH. JUSTIN DRIGGERS ON TOP RIGHT
NOW TRYING TO CREATE SOME SPACE. YOU CAN SEE ZACH HOLBROOK
UNDERNEATH TRYING TO TIE UP THE WRISTS TO PREVENT ANY
DAMAGE BUT DRIGGERS IS GETTING IT, THOSE HANDS
THROUGH, DRIGGER DECIDES TO BACK AWAY. HE’S GOING TO LET HOLBROOK
FOLLOW. HE WANTS THIS TO BE A STRIKING
CONTEST. (COM2) YEAH, LOOK AT THE
GRINDING. HE’S DOING SOME SERIOUS
STRIKING. SO I GUESS HE WANTS IT TO DO
THAT ON HIS FEET NOW. (COM1) INTERESTING DECISION BY
DRIGGERS WHO WAS IN DOMINANT POSITION HE WAS DOING
A LITTLE BIT OF DAMAGE, HOLBROOK WAS DOING A
DECENT JOB OF TYING THE WRISTS. (COM2) INTERESTING BOTH GUYS
MUAY THAI BACKGROUND BUT THE STANCE OF HOLBROOK A
LITTLE MORE LIKE MUAY THAI WITH THE BONDS, SHOOTING
FOR THE BACK FOOT. DRIGGERS VERY BOXINGESK IN HIS
STANCE AND HIS BALANCE. (COM1) DID BRIEFLY GRAB A THAI
PLUM THERE, KICKS TO THE BODY. DRIGGERS HAS THOSE NICE
STRAIGHT PUNCHES. MOVES INSIDE, (COM2) SOMETIMES
WHEN TWO GUYS COME IN TO THE SAME FIGHT, WITH THE SAME
SKILLSET AS A STRONG SUIT ONE NEUTRALIZES THE OTHER. YOU SEE THE (COM1) OHHHHH! HIGH KICK RIGHT HAND AND
THAT’S GOING TO DO IT! JOE SULLIVAN STEPS IN TO CALL
IT CONTEST! JUSTIN DRIGGERS WITH THE
SPECTACULAR HIGH KICK! (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1)
FOLLOW UP WITH STIFF PUNCHES AND HOLBROOK COMING TO
NOW, BUT HE WAS DEFIANTLY OUT NO PROBLEM WITH THAT
STOPPAGE REFEREE JOE SULLIVAN. (ANNOUNCER) AGAIN FIRST ROUND
YOUR WINNER BY KNOCK OUT IN THE BLUE CORNER, JUSTIN THE
GRAVE DIGGER, DRIGGERS! (COM2) WELL IF YOU’RE GOING TO
CALL SOMEBODY THE GRAVE DIGGER, THAT’S SOMEBODY
YOU WANT TO BE PUTTING PEOPLE AWAY. (COM1) ALL RIGHT 205 POUNDS
TITLE ON THE LINE, IS CORY HENDRICKS IN THE WHITE
TRUNKS, ANDREW STRAMLER IN THE BLACK. (COM2) STRAMLER ODDLY HAD HIS
LAST FIGHT AND VICTORY LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS AGO. (COM1) STRAMLER YOU CAN SEE
WITH THE PRESSING BACKGROUND AS HE MENTIONED,
LOOKING FOR THE TAKE DOWN RIGHT AWAY. (COM2) HENDRICKS IN THE WHITE,
STRAMLER IN THE BLACK AND HENDRICKS WAS AWARE OF IT
THAT THE BACKGROUND OF A WRESTLER WOULD BE SOMETHING
THAT HE WOULD HAVE TO CONTEND WITH. HE’S ALREADY SEEING HINTS OF
THAT. (COM1) HENDRICKS DEFIANTLY
LOOKING SPRAWL AND BRAWL HE’S WAITING ON VICTORY TONIGHT. YOU CAN SEE THE TALLER FIGHTER
TRYING TO USE THAT RANGE TO HIS ADVANTAGE. STRAMLER LOOKS TO BE THE
STOCKIER MAN WE DON’T KNOW IF THAT WILL TRANSLATE
DIRECTLY INTO STRENGTH. (COM2) YEAH, STRAMLER TRY’S TO
CLOSE THE DISTANCE AND GET THE SHOT, HE’S TRYING TO GET
THE TAKE DOWN. HOWEVER THE MOVEMENT OF
HENDRICKS FOR ONE, HIS SIDE TO SIDE OF IT AND HE’S REALLY
WELL AWARE OF THE SHOT. SEE RIGHT THERE, HE KNOWS ITS
COMING. (COM1) ABSOLUTELY, STRAMLER’S
CORNER WANTS HIM TO CALM DOWN. OBVIOUSLY THESE ARE
THREE-MINUTE ROUNDS VERSUS THE TRADITIONAL TWO-MINUTE
ROUNDS IN THE AMATEUR RANKS. SPENDING A LOT OF ENERGY
EARLY, LOOKING FOR THAT TAKEDOWN, NOT NECESSARILY
SETTING IT UP. (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1) DON’T
HAVE TO SET THAT UP! HAMMER FIST COMING IN AND
THAT’S GOING TO BE THE FIGHT. (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1) AND
IT’S A GOOD STOPPAGE, BECAUSE CORY HENDRICKS DOESN’T
KNOW EXACTLY WHERE HE IS OR WHY HE’S THERE. (ANNOUNCER) AFTER A MINUTE,
EIGHT INTO THE FIRST ROUND, YOUR WINNER BY TKO AND
NEW TUFF N UFF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION,
ANDREW STRAMLER! (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1)
EVANS-SMITH IN THE BLACK GEAR WITH THE BLUE TRIM,
ROTHERNHAUSLER IN THE YELLOW AND BLACK. YOU SEE THE DECIDED HEIGHT
ADVANTAGE FOR ROTHERNHAUSLER. (COM2) AFTER YOU SAW
EVAN-SMITH, WATCHED HER, OHHHHH! (COM1) RIGHT HAND AND THAT’S
GOING TO DO IT! (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1)
INCREDIBLE STRAIGHT RIGHT HAND FOR ROTHERNHAUSLER, WOW! (COM2) BEFORE I CAN FINISH A
SENTENCE SHE GOT CLIPPED! (CROWD CHEERING) (COM1)
INCREDIBLE FINISH, YOU CAN SEE A MOUSE ALREADY DEVELOPING
UNDER THE LEFT EYE OF ASHLEY EVANS-SMITH. ROTHERNHAUSLER DROPPED HER
WITH A CRISP RIGHT HAND. (ANNOUNCER) AFTER FIVE SECONDS
INTO THE FIRST ROUND, YOUR WINNER BY KNOCK OUT, AND
NEW TUFF N UFF WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION
VERONICA ROTHERNHAUSLER! [MUSIC] [MUSIC] (CYRUS) WELL IT’S TIME TO PUT
A FINISH ON THIS EPISODE, THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY
TO DO IT WITH THE CURTAIN CALL, CASEY KNOCK IT
OUT. (CASEY) WELL THERE IS AN OLD
SAYING ROLLING AROUND THE BLOCK THAT SAYS THAT THE
KEY TO RUNNING A HEALTHY BUSINESS IS LOCATION,
LOCATION, AND LOCATION AND IN THE CASE OF MMA THIS SEEMS
TO BE THE CASE, AT LEAST FIGURATIVELY. THE UFC IS BY FAR THE FLAGSHIP
PRODUCT OF THE SPORT. WHILE THEY SHOWCASE THE
FIGHTERS THAT ARE UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED AS THE
BEST ON THEIR PAY PER VIEW AND FOX SHOWS, THEY ALSO SERVE
TO GROOM THEIR RISING STARS IN LOWER TIER OUTINGS
BROADCAST ON THE FUEL AND FX NETWORKS. AND OF COURSE THEY EVEN
OPERATE AS THE FIGHTER CABBAGE PATCH WITH THEIR
ULTIMATE FIGHTER REALITY SHOW. ALL OF THESE EVENTS SERVE TO
PROVIDE EXPOSURE TO EVERY FACET OF THIS BURGEONING
PRODUCT. THEN ON THE OTHER HAND YOU
HAVE THEIR SISTER ZUFFA PROMOTIONS, STRIKEFORCE. THIS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BASED
PROMOTION WAS ONCE SLATED AS UFC’S ONLY POTENTIAL RIVAL
BEFORE BEING SWALLOWED UP BY THE BIGGER FISH. NOW THIS COMPANY STANDS IN
PURGATORY OF SORTS. WHILE THEY BOAST SOME OF THE
HOTTEST NAMES IN THE BUSINESS SUCH AS GILBERT
MELENDEZ, RONDA ROUSEY, AND LUKE ROCKHOLD THEIR
INFREQUENCY OF EVENTS HAS ECLIPSED THEIR ABILITY TO
MAINTAIN THE FANS FOCUS ON THE PROMOTION AS A WHOLE. EVEN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF
THE SHOWTIME NETWORK, STRIKEFORCE SEEMS TO
BE ENCOUNTERING A NUMBER OF DANGEROUS ROAD BLOCKS. SO THE QUESTION IS WHAT DOES
THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THIS ORGANIZATION? WILL THEY PICK UP THE BALL AND
FINALLY FIND THEIR NICHE IN THIS EVER CHANGING BUSINESS? WILL THEY BE FURTHER ECLIPSED
BY THE MASS EXPOSURE OF ANY AND EVERY EVENT PENNED
WITH THE UFC TRADEMARK? WILL THEIR REMAINING MARQUEE
FIGHTERS REMAIN OR JUMP SHIP? OR WILL STRIKEFORCE RETURN AS
THE NO-CAL REGIONAL PROMOTION WITH A STRONG CULT
FOLLOWING THAT MAY JUST SERVE AS THE FUTURE UFC
GATEKEEPER. ONLY TIME WILL TELL. (CYRUS) WELL SOME BIG EVENTS
TO WATCH OUR FOR THIS WEEK, OUR FRIENDS AT EFC
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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, GO TO OUR YOUTUBE FOR EXCLUSIVE
INTERVIEWS, AND CHECK OUT OUR OFFICIAL WEBSITE,
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ONLINE AND MAKE YOUR DONATIONS TO THE DUSTIN JENSON
FUND IT’S A GOOD DEAL. (CYRUS) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. I’M CYRUS FEES. (CASEY) I’M CASEY OXENDINE. (CYRUS) WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT
WEEK, (CYRUS & CASEY) INSIDE THE CAGE. [MUSIC] [TRANSCRIPTION BY
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