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SLAMM!! "Soema Na Basi" Results: Londt Victorious, Campagna Wins Tournament


Yesterday in Paramaribo, Suriname, the Dutch promotion SLAMM!! held an event featuring an 8-man, one night tournament that included some of the top young, upcoming fighters in the sport. Also featured on the card was rising heavyweight star, Ismael Londt. Many Dutch fighters are originally from or their backgrounds are from Suriname and SLAMM!! has held events their before. As per usual, Team SLAMM!! fighters were featured heavily on the event, with Ajay Balgobind, Anthony Kane and Ismael Londt among others.

The quarter finals of the tournament kicked off with four fights at -70kg, and all went to decision.

Miles Simson vs. Ajay Balgobind

Ajay Balgobind won by decision.

Antoine Mandela vs. Alessandro Campagna

Alessandro Campagna won by decision.

Xavier Benedito vs. Miloud el Geubli

Miloud el Geubli won by decision.

Anthony Kane vs. Cedric Bacuna

Anthony Kane won by decision.

With four men advancing after the quarter finals, it set up the semi finals with Ajay Balgobind vs. Alessandro Campagna and Miloud el Geubli vs. Anthony Kane. Once again, both fights went to decision.

Ajay Balgobind vs. Alessandro Campagna

Alessandro Campagna won by decision.

Anthony Kane vs. Miloud el Geubli

Miloud el Geubli won by decision.

This set up Alessandro Campagna vs. Miloud el Geubli in the finals. This was the only fight to not go to decision in the tournament.

Alessandro Campagna vs. Miloud el Geubli

Alessandro Campagna won by TKO in Round 1 and wins the tournament. Campagna, with this tournament win has shown himself to be an up and coming fighter to keep an eye on. Campagna raised some eyebrows in October of last year when he knocked Houcine Bennoui out in the first round.

Also on the card, Ismael Londt took on fellow Dutch fighter Raemon Welboeren. In an unusual scenario for Londt, he didn't walk away with a knock out win but still managed to get a decision. Londt has been on a tear this year, holding wins over Tomas Hron, Sebastien Ciobanu and Mladen Brestovac. I think it might be time for Londt to take a step up into big time competition soon. Another Dutch heavyweight, Jairzinho Rozenstruik also walked away with a win, this one by TKO over Jahya "Godzilla" Gulay.

The event was supposed to be stream on SLAMM!!'s website, but never did. We don't know what happened, but we expect videos to be up on FightStarTV in the near future.

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UFC 128: Jon Jones Ends the "Shogun Era"

We just saw a hype train not get derailed, but fly off of the rails on its own accord and into the realm of hyperbole. Not in a very long time have I seen a fighter get as hyped up so quickly as Jon Jones has in his very brief Mixed Martial Arts career. Jones has all of the potential in the world, has a large, lanky frame and a wrestling pedigree on top of a sense of creativity that most Mixed Martial Artists are afraid to express.

There is a very good chance that tonight Dana White and the Fertitas were finally able to create a new, homegrown star and one that will have wider appeal than a middle aged white man with a beer gut and a mohawk could have. Jon Jones handled Shogun like he was a small child, and while all of his weaknesses were still there, his strengths were enough to make Shogun look like an average fighter to say the least. Jones had a hard time keeping position on the ground due to poor posturing while going for big elbow strikes, on his feet his footwork as as sloppy as ever and the big shots were never set up or followed up on.

That won't matter to most because he won the fight in dominant fashion and landed a few big, cool moves on his feet that will fill a highlight reel up for future fights quite nicely. A lot of those cool moves he throws he actually did't pick up from Jackson or Winklejohn, but former K-1 fighter Mark Miller (whom I urge you to Google, guy has the best story in combat sports) who he used to train with. So the flash of Jon Jones came from one of the few kickboxers in the United States that were able to prove themselves on an international level in the past ten years and added to the wrestling base that Greg Jackson has been able to have a field day with.

Jones moves on to face team mate Rashad Evans and a slew of articles hailing him as the greatest champion prospect to ever live, but he'll need to keep his head on the ground and pick up some of those fundamentals if he wants to stay on top, because eventually someone will be able to exploit them.

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UFC 128: Brendan Schaub Brutally KO's Cro Cop

Mirko Cro Cop didn't come out to Duran Duran, instead he came out to Ennio Morricone's classic L'estasi Dell'Oro [The Ecstasy of Gold] from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. To many this shows signs of change and for a night of PRIDE NEVER DIE, an ominous sign.

Brendan Schaub is a large, scary dude who looks to have a bright future ahead of him. He clinched Cro Cop against the cage and was broken by Herb Dean for a possible rabbit punch. This just led to a takedown by Schaub. Cro Cop was actually able to sweep him and get back to his feet, but more clinch work from Schaub just exposes what we already know; Cro Cop hates getting clinched.

The second round sees a lot of the same, Cro Cop seems to be afraid of throwing meaningful strikes and his inability to clinch has haunted his UFC career. He throws a left high kick that Schaub was able to avoid and use to take Cro Cop down. The remainder of the round was Goldberg discussing Jon Jones and lots of clinching. Cro Cop actually uses a few close elbows to get some blood out of Schaub before Schaub once again rabbit punches Mirko and loses a point. That might actually even up the fight or put Cro Cop in the lead as he landed the best shots in that round.

The third round starts off with a left inside leg kick from Cro Cop that like a heat seeking missle connects with Schaub's cup. Left leg ball breaker, right leg vasectomy. Schaub after he recovers takes Cro Cop down, Cro Cop pushes him off and gets immediately taken down again with a diving tackle. For some odd reason Shaub lets him get back up and Cro Cop is able to stuff a takedown. It looked good for Cro Cop and then Brendan Schaub lands a crazy right hook behind the ear of Cro Cop sending him flying, head bouncing off the mat.

We love Cro Cop, but it is that time.

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UFC: Sanchez vs. Kampmann Proves That MMA Judges Need to Learn How to Score Striking

(C) HeavyMMATonight at UFC: Sanchez vs. Kampmann we saw Diego Sanchez once again at Welterweight against Martin Kampmann. Kampmann, a Danish Muay Thai fighter-turned-MMA fighter who has rounded out his game considerably in MMA. Diego Sanchez saw mixed results at Lightweight, making his way to a fight with BJ Penn and being decimated, so badly that he refused to fight at Lightweight again. His return to Welterweight did him no favors, but he came into this fight with a win over Paulo Thiago and an uncertain future.

Kampmann came into the fight calm, collected and with a game plan. He was able to drop Diego Sanchez in the first round and in the second round was able to continually stuff Diego's takedown attempts and keep him at a distance with his jabs. Everything from his composure to stance were exactly what he needed to do in this fight.

Diego came into the fight looking soft, as UFC President Dana White so aptly pointed out on Twitter (how'd you like your boss with a million plus followers calling you fat?) and slow. He had next to no defense for Kampmann's striking and due to Kampmann's stance of keeping his front leg heavy, was nearly impossible to get a takedown, which he needed.

In the third round Kampmann broke his hand and was unable to piece together combinations, which meant Diego was able to swarm Kampmann with wild, looping hooks, connecting once in a while. The problem was, whenever he backed off, after maybe connecting a wild shot or two, Kampmann was able to score at will against Diego. This was the story of the night. Kampmann won all of the exchanges with crisp striking while Diego simply threw like Leonard Garcia.

Amazingly enough, the judges all scored the fight 29-28 for Diego Sanchez. The question is; why? Ariel Helwani on the post-fight show makes the point that many of us were making on Twitter, that judges see the aggression and think that means they are winning the fight. We've seen Leonard Garcia get a few "gifted" decisions, and now this fight falls right in line.

As an avid kickboxing fan, this fight was very cut and dry; a knockdown as well as clear connections against wild shots that were being deflected. As a MMA fan, it was even more cut and dry; a knockdown as well as clear connections and stuffing every takedown. It doesn't help that Dana White on Twitter after the fight says that Diego "clearly" won the fight. This was the second decision against Kampmann in a row that was disputed by fans and analysts. To me, that speaks volumes about the mythical bad MMA judging that we all often speak about.

The argument used to define poor MMA judging has usually been that judges do not understand grappling and come from a boxing background. At this point, I argue that they also do not understand striking. The criteria for the judging is fine, it is the lack of knowledge that holds the sport back and gives us piss poor decisions. The amount of times I hear Joe Rogan quote poor judging on UFC shows is just astounding.

I'll toss this out here; if you are a professional judge and want to learn more about striking, contact me, and I'll help you as well as point you in the direction of those that can help you. I'm being serious.

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