MMA Fighting – Georges St. Pierre Victorious over Dan Hardy

On Saturday, March 27th, 2010 Georges St. Pierre battled Dan Hardy in a UFC 111 welterweight championship battle.  St. Pierre won by unanimous decision after going the full five rounds.  The consistent takes downs by St. Pierre were not enough to retire Hardy early, leaving fans slightly disappointed in the outcome.  However, St. Pierre took the win home and told fans he’d be looking to improve before his next fight.  The story is below:

Source: MMAFighting.com

URL: http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/03/27/ufc-111-georges-st-pierre-beats-dan-hardy-by-unanimous-decisio/

Author:Michael David Smith

Georges St. Pierre retained the welterweight championship of the world on Saturday night, defeating Dan Hardy by unanimous decision at UFC 111.

It was a takedown clinic from St. Pierre, who slammed Hardy down to the ground over and over again and was never in any trouble — but it was also a fight that St. Pierre wasn’t able to finish, which left the champion disappointed.

“It’s a win, but I’m not very happy with myself,” St. Pierre said afterward. “He’s a lot better than I thought he was. I just want to apologize to my fans. I’m sorry. I want to come back better next time. I’m very sorry — I wanted to finish this fight.”



St. Pierre looked laser-focused on the task at hand from the outset, while Hardy was laughing, grinning and jumping around in the Octagon before the fight started. It was only half a minute into the first round when St. Pierre took Hardy down and got on top of him, executing his game plan exactly the way he wanted to. After a minute on the ground, St. Pierre got into side control and then took Hardy’s back on the ground, having Hardy in all kinds of trouble on the ground.

Hardy showed good composure and actually got to his feet briefly, but within a few seconds St. Pierre was picking Hardy up and taking Hardy back to the ground. St. Pierre is not just the most skilled fighter in the 170-pound class, he’s also one of the strongest. He demonstrated that with the effortless way he took Hardy down and controlled him on the ground in the first round, a round that ended with Hardy somehow escaping from an arm bar that St. Pierre appeared to have locked in.

Said St. Pierre of the arm bar, “I thought he was made of rubber.”

Hardy managed to stay on his feet for the first minute of the second round, but eventually St. Pierre managed yet another takedown, and he effortlessly got into side control on the ground. Hardy did manage to get back up and have an even exchange of strikes on the feet, but then St. Pierre took Hardy down again at the end of the second.

The third round started with — surprise! — a St. Pierre takedown. St. Pierre continued to completely control Hardy on the ground, not coming close to finishing Hardy but certainly dominating the fight and basically making Hardy look hapless against a much better opponent.

It was only 10 seconds into the fourth round when St. Pierre took Hardy down again, and only 30 seconds in when St. Pierre achieved full mount. They stayed on the ground for about three minutes before St. Pierre sunk in a kimura that appeared close to forcing Hardy to tap out. Amazingly, Hardy refused to tap and survived the round.

In the fifth and final round, St. Pierre waited until 20 seconds had passed before he took Hardy down, and some fans started to boo, as if they were disappointed at seeing the same old thing and wanted something different. St. Pierre continued dominating on the ground, and then, just for good measure, let Hardy up one more time and slammed him down one more time before the fight ended with St. Pierre the clear winner.

The judges scored it 50-43, 50-44 and 50-45 in favor of St. Pierre, who improved his record to 20-2 with the victory.

Hardy, who fell to 23-7 with the loss, talked plenty of trash before the fight. But he was classy in defeat.

“It was an honor to fight him,” Hardy said. “I can see now why he’s the champion. He’s just a very, very strong athlete. Very, very technically skilled.”

The fight was the main event of the UFC’s biggest card so far in 2010. In the co-main event, Shane Carwin knocked out Frank Mir to win the UFC’s interim heavyweight title, setting up a huge showdown with Brock Lesnar this summer for what will likely be the UFC’s biggest fight of the year.

In other UFC 111 action, Kurt Pellegrino submitted Fabricio Camoes, Jon Fitch won a fairly dull decision over Ben Saunders, Jim Miller earned a close decision win over Mark Bocek, Nate Diaz had one of his most impressive victories to date in defeating Rory Markham, and Ricardo Almeida choked out Matt Brown.

RIT Mens Hockey Reaches Frozen Four!

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) of NY has always been home to great hockey.  However, for years, the Mens hockey team was playing in division III.  While they continually won, their hope was to be entered into the division I competition.  Just a few years later after joining the division I, RIT finds themselves in the frozen four championship series.  The story is below:

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

URL: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20100329/SPORTS09/3290310/1007/SPORTS/RIT-hockey-team-believes-it-deserves-to-be-in-Frozen-Four

There really never has been a moment this season when the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers believed they couldn’t win a hockey game.

That’s the nature of sport within any decent athletic program.

And that’s why, when the Tigers showed up in Albany for the NCAA East Regional, they refused to embrace the underdog role everyone wanted to bestow upon them.

RIT would have nothing to do with any David vs. Goliath scenarios, unless someone painted them as Goliath.

The Tigers (28-11-1) believed they were just as deserving as their first-round opponent, the University of Denver. The Tigers proved it by defeating the nation’s No. 2-ranked team by a score of 2-1.

RIT also believed they were just as good, or better, than the University of New Hampshire, their opponent in the title game. The Tigers again showed they were right, disposing of UNH in convincing 6-2 fashion.

“If you’re competitive by nature, you’re thinking you belong there,” RIT coach Wayne Wilson said. “Not that you’re disrespecting your opponent, but you always think you’re better.”

Even so, the magnitude of their accomplishments didn’t really sink in until Saturday was turning into Sunday, when the Tigers were on their bus and roaring through the darkness on the New York state Thruway back to Rochester.

“You’d just look over at another guy,” senior defenseman Alan Mazur said, “and they’d be laughing and you’d be laughing, and you’d start asking, ‘How’d this happen?’

“We’re so confident right now. It feels like we can’t lose.”

That’s because they haven’t lost in nearly two months. The Tigers have won 12 straight games, the longest streak in the nation this season, and continue their journey to a place where no Rochester collegiate athletic program has ever gone: An NCAA Division I championship tournament.

The regional championship earned the Tigers, the tournament’s 15th seed, a spot in the Frozen Four April 8-10 at Ford Field in Detroit. They will play No. 3-seeded Wisconsin (27-10-4) at 5 p.m. Miami (Ohio) and Boston College play at 8:30 p.m.

Time, however, was of no importance in the wee hours of Sunday. Hundreds of fans — they may have even numbered into the thousands — greeted the bus when it pulled onto campus around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Can you say party?

Can you say party hard?

“We could hardly get off the bus because the fans were crowding around and wanting to just touch us,” Mazur said. “It didn’t even feel real. You felt like a star, a huge star. I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

Players were already riding a euphoric wave when they hoisted sophomore winger Scott Knowles onto a real wave. Above their shoulders his 5-foot-7, 170-pound body went and Knowles did a little body-surfing above the fans.

“I was only hoping they weren’t going to drop him,” Wilson said.

Freshman forward Bryan Potts, a reserve, soon rode the same waves.

“Their smiles were priceless,” said senior goalie Jared DeMichiel, who was voted the most outstanding player of the East Regional. “That scene is definitely something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

“I didn’t know what it feels like to be a real star but that was amazing. The fans, the alumni, the faculty, they’re all very appreciative of what we’re doing for RIT. But at the same time, we’re very appreciative of the support everyone has given us.”

The backing will only grow larger in the next 10 days. That will also give the rest of NCAA hockey time to figure out just who this RIT school is.

“Maybe the country doesn’t know who RIT is,” DeMichiel said, “but we’re all finding out RIT has roots that go all over the nation.”

And all those fans have just as much faith in their team as the players themselves.

KEVINO@DemocratandChronicle.com

Duke, Only Remainning #1 Seed!

After Kansas fell early in the tournament in a series of unbelievable upsets, Syracuse later followed suit losing to Butler.  Kentucky was the latest victim losing to West Virginia.  Duke stands as the only #1 seed left in the tournament.  WVA is the only Big East team left in the tournament.  The Big East received the most tournament bids (7).  Louisville, Villanova, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Marquette have all lost.  The final 4 consists of MSU playing Butler and Duke playing WVU on April 3rd.  Championship game is set for April 5th.

NCAA Tournament #1 Seeds

The NCAA tournament brackets have been published.  Teams earning a #1 seed this year are Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, and Syracuse.  All 4 are solid picks to go to the final 4.  However, it is well known that the odds of all four #1 seeds making the final four are bad.  Actually, it has only happened once in tournament history.  For a little bit of added drama, Syracuse plays Vermont in the first round.  Vermont played Syracuse in the first round of the tournament in 2005.  Syracuse was expected to perform very well in the tournament that year.  Vermont pulled a huge upset for their only NCAA tournament win in school history.  The stage is set for some theatrics starting tomorrow night.  Don’t forget to tune in to CBS to watch 64 teams battle it out for the championship.

Pacquiao Takes Down Clottey

Manny Pacquiao dominated Joshua Clottey in front of 50,994 at Cowboys Stadium in Texas.  The new Cowboys stadium is earning a lot of popularity as being a great sports venue.  While football fans are amazed at the gigantic mega television that stretches nearly the entire length of the football field, others are amazed at the fact that there really isn’t a bad seat in the house, including the standing room in front of the huge wall of glass windows.  On March 13th, nearly 51,000 fans loved their seats as they witness Pacquiao prove once again, why he’s the best in the boxing.  Earlier in the year there were talks of Pacquiao fighting the infamous, flashy Floyd Mayweather Jr.  That fight got put on hold due to contract disputes.  However, Pacquiao agreed to the fight with Clottey.  Later this year, Mayweather Jr. will fight Mosley.  The next logical step is to have Pacquiao fight the winner of the bout between Mayweather and Mosley.  Mayweather wants Pacquiao to take a drug test.  There are also differences between who will promote the fight.  If all that can be sorted out, we should be geared up for one of the biggest fights in boxing history.

Before we get to that, we’ll look forward to Mayweather/Mosley in a truly eventful day which boasts the Kentucky Derby earlier in the afternoon.

A summary of the Pacquiao fight can be read below:

Source: Yahoo Sports (Kevin lole)

URL: http://sports.yahoo.com/box/news?slug=ki-fightearly031310

ARLINGTON, Texas – Joshua Clottey may have been bigger, but that was his only edge on Saturday night. Manny Pacquiao clearly outworked Clottey, outpunching him four, five and even six to one at times in winning a wide decision before a standing room-only crowd of 50,994 at Cowboys Stadium.

Pacquiao punished Clottey with combinations to the body throughout in winning the unanimous decision to retain his World Boxing Organization welterweight title and his status as the world’s finest boxer.

It was no contest as Clottey simply kept his guard high and rarely threw punches. According to CompuBox, Pacquiao landed 246 of 1,231 punches; Clottey connected on just 108 of 399.

Pacquiao took advantage by using his blazing hand speed to rip through Clottey’s gloves and land hard, punishing shots.

He made the former champion wince several times as he fired off hard combinations at Clottey’s midsection.

Despite the exhortations in the corner of trainer Lenny DeJesus, Clottey never opened up and fought aggressively. He was backed up all night and, except for an occasional shot, never did much to Pacquiao.

It was another virtuoso performance for the Filipino superstar who has won titles or has claimed the linear championship in seven different weight classes. Pacquiao is on a collision course with unbeaten rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., who fights Shane Mosley on May 1.

Syracuse (4) Takes Down Villanova (8)

Big East Basketball is arguably one of the toughest conferences in NCAA Men’s Division I basketball.  With half of it’s conference finding a rank in the top 25 at one point or another this season, Big East games have become battles between the best of the best.  Unfortunately, they beat up on each other all season long, continually knocking each other out of the top seeds.  However, one game in particular was geared up to be the biggest rivalry game all year.  On February 27th, 2010, the whole nation watched as that game indeed became the largest game in NCAA basketball history.

In front of a record breaking on campus crowd of 34,616 fans, the #4 ranked Syracuse Orange took down the #8 ranked Villanova Wildcats in one of the most important Big East games of the season.  For Syracuse, it meant sole ownership of the #1 ranking in the Big East conference.  For Villanova it meant another slip backwards as they continued to fall from the #2 seed they boasted earlier in the season.  Syracuse brought the noise in a surreal setting of a packed, “loud-house” where not 1 fan stopped standing for the entire duration of the game.  Fans were seated so far that they watched the basketball game, which was positioned on the 10 yard line of one end of a football field, from the goal line of the opposite side of the football field.  In a truly remarkable night, the Orange earned their first #1 rank in the Nation as top seeded Kansas, Kentucky and Purdue all lost, paving the road for Syracuse to undoubtedly take over as the best of the best.  We’ll see if Syracuse can hold onto that #1 seed as they have tough games ahead of them before March Madness begins.