R.I.P Shawn Tompkins

As you all know renowned MMA trainer Shawn ‘The Coach’ Tompkins died on sunday (monday in Australia) in his native Canada, he was there with UFC fighters Sam Stout who was also Tompkins brother-in-law and former Featherweight title challenger Mark Hominick. Tompkins was one of the most respected coaches in MMA and not only worked with Stout and Hominick he also worked with John Gunderson, Chris Horodecki while also training with former Light-Heavyweight champions Randy Couture and Vitor Belfort he leaves behind a wife in Emilie.

In 2010 when my girlfriend and were on holidays in Vegas I was hoping to head to the Tapout training centre and meet Shawn, unfortunately I fell ill and missed chance I am wishing I had just gone now. My condolences go out to Emilie and the rest of his family and friends.

The Fight Writer

UFC live 5 results

Hey everyone I am hope that you got to enjoy UFC live on Versus 5. Unfortunately I had to keep up with things via twitter while I was at work but from what I got to read Chris Lytle had one hell of last fight and was able to go out on a high note, while Ben Henderson made things even more confusing in the Lightweight division by defeating the ever tough Jim Miller who was riding high on a seven fight win streak. Here are the results from the rest card.

Edward Figueroa def Jason Reinhardt  by TKO

Jacob Volkmann def Danny Castillo by unanimous decision

Cole Miller def T.J. O’Brien by submission (guillotine choke)

Jim Hettes def Alex Caceres by submission (rear-naked choke)

Ronny Markes def Karlos Vemola by unanimous decision

Ed Herman def Kyle Noke by submission (inverted heel hook)

Joeseph Benavidez def Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision

Jared Hamman def C.B. Dollaway by TKO

Duane Ludwig def Amir Sadollah by unanimous decision

Donald Cerrone def Charles Oliveira by TKO Donald Cerrone $65 000 bonus (KO of the night)

Ben Henderson def Jim Miller by unanimous decision

Chris Lytle def Dan Hardy by submission (guillotine choke) Lytle $130 000 bonus (fight of the night and submission) Hardy $65 000 bonus (fight of the night)

Ok guys I’m going to leave you with another episode of Dana Whites video blog, I hope you enjoy and until next time take care.

The Fight Writer

Strikeforce Challengers 18 Fight Card

Just in case you forgot there is a Strikeforce Challengers card happening at the Pearl At The Palms on friday the 12th of August (Saturday 13th of August in Australia). Unfortunately after searching the internet I can not find any channels in Australia that are showing the event, but if there is anyone who knows differently please let me know.

Preliminary Card

Sterling Ford vs Milton Viera

Mike Bronzoulis vs Chad Leonhardt

Nah-Shon Burrell vs Lukasz Les

Gian Villante vs Keith Berry

Main Card

Roy Jones vs Derrick Mehmen

Rhonda Roussey vs Sarah D’Alelio

Pat Healy vs Eric Wisely

Danillo Villafort vs Nate James

Jorge Gurgel vs Joe Duarte

The Fight Writer

UFC 133 Aftermath

I think that its time for Jon ‘Bones’ Jones to be scared because former training partner Rashad Evans showed that there is life after Greg Jackson. After having not fought since May 2010 Evans was able to defeat a legend for the second time in his career TKOing Tito Ortiz who was coming off probably one best wins of his career over Ryan Bader. Just a note as well Tito did take the fight on short notice and announced afterward that he had a root canal. Here are the rest of the results from the card:

Rafael Natal def Paul Bradley by unanimous decision

Mike Brown def Nam Phan by unanimous decision

Johny Hendricks def Mike Pierce by split decision

Ivan Menjivar def Nick Pace by unanimous decision

Chad Mendes def Rani Yahya by unanimous decision

Alexander Gustafsson def Matt Hamill by TKO

Rory Macdonald def Mike Pyle by TKO

Constantinos Philippou def Jorge Rivera by split decision

Brian Ebersole def Dennis Hallman by TKO (70 000 submission of the night bonus)

Vitor Belfort def Yoshihiro Akiyama by TKO (70 000 KO of the night bonus)

Rashad Evans def Tito Ortiz by TKO (70 000 fight of the night bonus)

Now you are probably wondering why Brian Ebersole got the submission of the night bonus, since there was no submission on the card UFC President Dana White gave Ebersole the bonus for getting Dennis Hallman and his speedos out of the octagon quickly. I will leave you guys with Dana White taking in a Rage Against The Machine concert.

The Fight Writer

UFC 133 Predictions – Main Card

On saturday the 6th of August two former Light-Heavyweight champions collide for the second time in at UFC 133 Evans vs Ortiz. Also on the card another former Light-Heavyweight champion looks to get back into title contention in the Middleweight division as Vitor Belfort takes on the always dangerous and entertaining Yoshihiro Akiyama and Aussie based American Brian Ebersole takes on veteran Dennis Hallman.

Rory Macdonald vs Mike Pyle

This is an excellent chance for the young gun Macdonald because Pyle is a big scalp for him to take, but it won’t be an easy task. Pyle is a wily tough veteran and he will want bully the younger fighter in Macdonald, if Macdonald doesn’t get overawed and stick to his game plan he can definitely win. Pyle is really coming into his own and a win here will push him closer up line to the title, he really seems like a complete fighter and he take the fact that a veteran like Carlos Condit was able to make Macdonald fold in the last moments of their and maybe he can too. I’m taking Pyle by unanimous decision he is just in the best form of his career at the moment.

Jorge Rivera vs Contantinous Philippou

I was really looking forward to Rivera and Sakara but I guess that it might never take place. Philippou has a good chance here being on the main card but a poor showing could see him at 0-2 in the UFC and cost him his job. Jorge has always been close to breaking through to the upper echelon of the division but always seems fall at the last hurdle and a win here will only enhance his gate-keeper status but you never know what could happen in this sport. I see nothing but a win for Rivera her he will just be too strong. Rivera by KO.

Dennis Hallman vs Brian Ebersole

This should be an entertaining fight and I am looking forward to seeing an Ebersole cart-wheel kick. Both men have wrestling backgrounds but Hallman impressed in his last fight with a TKO over one time Welterweight standout in Karo Parisyan but Ebersole has never been KO in his career. I believe that Ebersole will get the win he has finally made it to the big show after being a journeymen and he won’t want to give it up. Ebersole by unanimous decision.

Vitor Belfort vs Yoshihiro Akiyama

As entertaining as Akiyama is this could be his last chance and against ‘The Phenom’ I don’t really like his chances. Like I and others always anything can happen in this sport so Akiyama could pull out a victory and Belfort has shown to be human when fighters have a good game plan. I am sorry to Akiyama fans but I see nothing but a Belfort victory. Belfort by TKO.

Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz

I admire Tito a lot for stepping up and taking this fight after competing not long ago but unfortunately I see Rashad racking another win against a legend. Tito showed in against Bader that there is plenty of fight left in him but Rashad is a lot better now then the last time they fought. It was good to see Tito rack his first win since 2006 but like I said earlier I see a win  for Rashad by unanimous decision.

I hope that everyone enjoys UFC 133 and that your favourite fighter wins, to the fighters I hope that you come through injury free. Also Australian viewers who do not have pay tv you guys can see two prelim fights on One HD and until next time take care.

The Fight Writer




UFC 133 Fight Card


This is the full fight card for UFC 133: Evans vs Ortiz, now this card has been marred by injury with Tito Ortiz being the 3rd opponent for Rashad Evans. This event will taking place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia PA.

Facebook Prelim fights

Rafael Natel vs Paul Bradley

Mike Brown vs Nam Phan

Johny Hendricks vs Mike Pierce

Ivan Menjivar vs Nick Pace

Spike TV Prelim Fights (One HD in Australia)

Chad Mendes vs Rani Yahya

Matt Hamill vs Alexander Gustafsson

Main Card

Rory Macdonald vs Mike Pyle

Jorge Rivera vs Constantinos Philippou

Dennis Hallman vs Brian Ebersole

Vitor Belfort vs Yoshihiro Akiyama

Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz

The Fight Writer