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MMA Link Club: JDS blasts the hell out of Cain Velasquez to win UFC HW title

By Zach Arnold | November 12, 2011

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Junior dos Santos blasted the hell out of Cain Velasquez in the R1 in 64 seconds, made me look foolish, but awesomely did so. That was so great. That’s the kind of story-book ending UFC & Dana White needed.

A lot of factors in the MMA business are changing, including what’s happening in the media world. Predictably, we are seeing the inevitable outcome of a field that had ‘no there there’ as far as independent cash was concerned. You either take a paycheck from Zuffa & their business partners or you get consolidated & bought out by a big media entity to work for them. Jon Anik left ESPN to work with Zuffa & FX. Replacing Jon at ESPN will be… former WWE commentator Todd Grisham. Larry Pepe is now handling radio duties for UFC events on Fox Sports Radio. SBNation bought out MMA Fighting. On Friday, MMA Junkie announced that USA Today purchased them. Middle Easy has purchased ad space on the trunks of Damarques Johnson. Scott Hastings of Rebellion Media is building his own empire as well.

Kids, they grow up so fast.

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37 Responses to “MMA Link Club: JDS blasts the hell out of Cain Velasquez to win UFC HW title”

  1. Mr.roadblock says:

    The 35% fee is in line with what a lot of guys in the fight game pay their team. I’m assuming it goes to management and trainers.

  2. fd2 says:

    ATT charges a flat 20% for management and training, but I don’t know if that’s before or after taxes.

  3. Steve4192 says:

    I think 35% is on the high end of ‘industry standard’ for European kickboxing gyms. American MMA gyms are WAY cheaper than the European Kickboxing standard, and that is what Overeem has likely just figured out. He could have been training at ATT and paying 20% or paying his own training expenses and hiring a manager for 10%.

    The 35% is a good deal for young guys just starting out, because they aren’t making any money anyway. Problem is, a guy like Alistair who is pulling down seven digits is getting screwed. He would be better off an agent 10% to handle his contract negotiations and endorsements and pay for his training himself.

  4. Someone who knows says:

    “The site’s editor-in-chief, Dann Stupp, and its entire editorial staff, including award-winning lead staff reporter John Morgan, will remain in place and will report to Dave Morgan, the USA TODAY Sports Media Group’s senior vice president of content and editor-in-chief.”

    That’s the key passage from the USA Today press release. Dave Morgan is the former boss at Yahoo Sports, which was the first major mainstream site to go all out on MMA coverage. He grasped that MMA delivered a huge audience before his peers at other sites did. This is very good news for MMA Junkie.

  5. Chromium says:

    Zach, I don’t suppose you caught any of the celebrity sumo tournament (first round viewable through slow-loading Chine streaming site embedded here: ).

    I think they did two of these this year and it seems to sum up the kakutougi scene in a nutshell. It’s both sad (because of all the fighters involved having fallen to this as the height of their exposure) and really awesome. And yes Bobby Ologun and Minowa Man were involved, although they were on opposite sides of the bracket.

  6. 45 Huddle says:

    5 minutes into the UFC on FUEL TV broadcast, and I’m already impressed. This is professional. It’s not corney, as sometimes can be the case with past MMA coverage.

    I think that FUEL TV takes away from the internet MMA coverage for some fans. I know it will for me. I used to watch the weigh-ins online. Now I can watch them on TV. Same with fighter interviews and analysis.

    As a long time (1990’s), harcore MMA fan, I couldn’t be happier. This feels like a professional sport…. FINALLY!!

  7. edub says:

    Anybody else watching the fights on deportes?

    • 45 Huddle says:

      Nope. on the computer. Don’t have deportes.

      They should have televised Guida/Henderson….

      The first round has been great…

    • Alan Conceicao says:

      Watched the Deportes card in the background. Saw a bunch of little man fights with a lot of scrubs I barely cared about, but all those fights got finished so I’m sure they’re all 5 STAR CLASSICS to someone. Henderson/Guida was awesome stuff. Henderson clearly won all three rounds in my book.

      • edub says:

        Had the last for clay, but don’t completely disagree. I was scared somebody (or two) would have it for Clay.

      • Chromium says:

        Saw a bunch of little man fights with a lot of scrubs I barely cared about, but all those fights got finished so I’m sure they’re all 5 STAR CLASSICS to someone.

        If you’re going to be snide about what you think of lower weight class fights, you may want to refrain from the retarded usage of pro-wrestling terminology.

  8. david m says:

    Thank God for Ben Henderson. Guida is such an awkward fucking guy to fight. He has no aspirations on the feet other than to be out of striking range and either take his opponent down or to engage in wall n stall. There are a lot of people who were chanting Guida during that fight; I am an optimist and thus assume they were all drunk and were cheering for Guida ironically.

  9. Alan Conceicao says:

    Heavyweight rankings? O RLY?

    • 45 Huddle says:

      It’s easy to talk about MMA rankings when you have all of the top guys. Not so much when Fedor was #1 in the world for a while….

      Dana’s a man of principle…. And that principle is if it suits the UFC best, he will use it….

      • Alan Conceicao says:

        They’ve had all the best welterweights in the world for most of the Zuffa UFC existence. They still haven’t used rankings since the early days of Zuffa’s UFC ownership.

        • klown says:

          It’s probably something Fox wanted.

        • Alan Conceicao says:

          Which is a good thing. You can see a lot of things Fox wanted being done. I’m glad they forced the issue. Its a lot better for us as fans than to just hand over blank checks to the UFC and get the same dated shit.

        • edub says:


          Rankings are finally here.

  10. Alan Conceicao says:

    Well, that was fast. Congrats to Dos Santos on winning the strap. Not much of a fight though – basically one punch and we’re heading back to commercial. I know there’s 17 minutes left in the broadcast, but honestly they filled up the time well. With bouts that would go past the 65 second mark, I wouldn’t be at all shocked to see a title fight be the sole focus of a 90 minute program.

    So glad to see that stupid Gladiator intro and the nu-metal get axed. Still wish they’d get rid of it for PPV promos and stuff, but whatever.

    • 45 Huddle says:

      It was good television. Always nice to see a fight last longer then a minute…. But a 1 minute fight with a good KO is always better then a 25 minute snoozefest. That would really hurt the UFC. This didn’t….

      • Alan Conceicao says:

        It wasn’t bad TV. A one minute fight isn’t necessarily great TV either. It was sorta there and a bit anti-climactic. But hey, I didn’t pay for this, so I don’t care.

        Dana talking about Cain not shooting. He did only once and it was from way outside – got stuffed.

        • 45 Huddle says:

          I had a feeling once I saw Cain at the weigh-ins that he wasn’t going to look good for this fight.

          Have to wonder if he will ever be the same after the Brock Lesnar fight. He won that fight, but his body lost the war.

          And I would say Lesnar now has a solid chance of being champion again….

        • edub says:

          I still think it hurt they’re ability to earn revenue in the later rounds.

  11. david m says:

    I told you all he was going to beat him. Cain has the same chin he had against Kongo. I realize that Cain got hit on the ear, but it was obvious even before that punch that he was going to knock him out. The ease with which he landed a straight right to the jaw and to the body made it obvious that Cain was going to sleep.

    I would like to see J2S box. I don’t think there are many people on Earth who could beat him in that sport either.

    • RST says:

      Eh, I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest that Cain is chinny.

      Thats a similar argument to saying that JDS doesn’t hit that hard because he couldn’t put away Country.

      JDS is real good I agree with you, but lets not start crapping on Cain already.

      I wont bother making any excuses, but you know as well as I do that he’s fresh back from injuries and a lay off.

  12. Bryan says:

    I’m really not sure Lesnar now has a solid chance of becoming champion again. If the Velazquez loss proved anything, Lesnar cannot take a heavy punch, and coming in we pretty much know Dos Santos hits harder than Cain, even BEFORE tonight’s fight. I really don’t see how Lesnar will be able to take one of Dos Santos’s punches. (and for the record, I think Lesnar will beat Overeem)

    • Mark says:

      I’d love to see Dos Santos KTFO Brock, but it won’t happen. Brock is immediately going to go for takedowns. The first second of the Cain fight had Brock shooting in. And Dos Santos doesn’t have Cain’s wrestling ability to do anything about it. Dos Santos is only going to win if he lands a monster shot before Lesnar gets a hold of him. I’d give that less than 5% chance of happening.

  13. Zach Arnold says:

    Another interesting takeaway from the show for hardcores — Kid Yamamoto got beat soundly (again). That is bad for UFC Japan, but then again with the rumors of Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson as the main at SSA, UFC isn’t treating that card as one in which they’re catering to the natives anyways.

    Darren was a ridiculous underdog going into that fight and everyone said he was going to get eviscerated because it was a style mismatch.

  14. PizzaChef says:

    Dana was pissed. He also buried Cain and Junior (to a lesser extent) on air. You think that’s a mistake Zach?

  15. RST says:

    Would you really call a 64 second fight a story book ending?

    Maybe if there where other fights, but being the only fight of the night shown?

    I mean I love it and you love it, but are casual shlubs going to discern between that and Kimbo Slice in a youtube video?

    What do you think a whole New Yawk full of boxing guys are gonna think about that?

  16. Zach Arnold says:

    Pizzachef said:

    Dana was pissed. He also buried Cain and Junior (to a lesser extent) on air. You think that’s a mistake Zach?

    Part of that was the fan in him talking and part of it was the promoter in him talking.

    As a promoter, he spent a lot of time pushing Cain Velasquez ridiculously as ‘the first Mexican heavyweight champion’ and he felt like it was getting some traction in Anaheim. So, for JDS to blow that all up was something that confounded him. The other thing is that he thought the fight was going to play out like I thought it would, which is Cain wearing down JDS for a few and then going for the finish or decision.

    • Mark says:

      I understand why he did it, it’s just Dana being Dana. But it still made me embarrassed for the UFC. Sports commissioners don’t do that. Sellig didn’t start yelling at Joe Buck about what the Rangers should have done to the Cardinals because he’s mad they lost since Texas as a bigger state could have made MLB more money than Missouri.

      If FOX has control, they need to protect Dana from himself and bring in somebody neutral post-fight. Imagine what he would have done if UFC 121 was on FOX, he would have been crying on Curt Menefe’s shoulder about all the money Brock just lost him.


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