Saturday, 19 November 2011

UFC 139: Wanderlei Silva Vs. Cung Le (UFC 139 Shogun vs Henderson SUCKED!!!!!)

UFC 139: Wanderlei Silva Vs. Cung Le

UFC 139 Shogun vs Henderson SUCKED!!!!!

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson. To access our full coverage, click here.

Cung Le enters the arena to "Run This Town" by Jay-Z and Rihanna, surprisingly to boos. Silva walks out to his usual, "Sandstorm" by Darude.

Round 1: Le comes out strong, throwing kicks and backing Silva up. Silva might have caught Le with a right hook as he pressed forward, but The Axe Murderer is taking his time and fighting patient. Le lands a spinning backfist that gave Silva pause. Le cracks Silva with another spinning backfist, this one drops him. Silva is hanging in there and Le is staying patient, throwing kicks from the outside. The action has slowed, Le stalking Silva down. Silva gets in and lands a few punches close. Le lands a 360 wheel kick to the chest, but Silva caught him with a good right hand counter. Le with a side kick. Le continually trying to land with a spinning back kick-back fist combo. Le is bleeding from the right eye. Silva starts in with some kicks, throwing it back with a head kick. Silva has Le hurt and he's walking him down with hard punches.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silva

Round 2: Wanderlei slips after ringing a hard right hand. They reset and Le lands a front leg side kick with his right leg. He tries a spinning back kick but Silva gets out of the way. Silva with a body kick. Le cracks Silva with a right. Le with an axe kick. Silva hanging in there, lands a pair of counter hooks. Silva avoids a wheel kick and another spinning back fist. Silva nails Le with a right hook. The action has slowed, with Le possibly losing steam. Silva fires off a flurry of punches. A minute to go and Le throws a leg kick that's checked. Silva rushes forward with a volley of punches, dropping Le with a right hook. Le is keeping to his feet somehow, even after Silva starts in with vintage-form knees. Silva lands a head kick in the exchange. Silva is all over Le, beating him down with knees and punches. Le drops for the takedown after eating a hard knee. Silva lands some hammerfists and the ref unfortunately calls it a little early, though it did look unlikely that Le would recover.

At UFC 139: Henderson vs. Rua, two former WEC champions meet as Urijah Faber (25-5; 1-1 UFC) faces Brian Bowles (10-1; 2-0 UFC). This is a Bantamweight fight, and may determine the next challenger to champion Dominick Cruz. Both men are ranked highly in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings with Bowles at #3 and Faber right behind him at #4. The PPV card airs on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Interesting WEC clash here between two former champions of that organization. Faber was the WEC poster-boy for many years, ruling over their Featherweight division. Bowles is a relative newcomer, but scored a huge win in 2009 when he unseated Miguel Torres as Bantamweight champion, ending Torres's remarkable 17 fight win streak. Since those championship runs, Faber and Bowles have lost to a common opponent - Dominick Cruz. Each man is looking for a rematch, and each has unfinished business with Cruz. For Faber, he's 1-1 with the champion and will look to close out their series, while Bowles suffered an injury against Cruz that brought their fight to a premature ending. Winner here will likely get their shot at that redemption.

How do these two stack up?

Faber: 32 years old | 5'6" | 69" reach
Bowles: 31 years old | 5'7" | 70.5" reach

What have these two done recently?

Faber: L - Dominick Cruz (UD) | W - Eddie Wineland (UD) | W - Takeya Mizugaki (Sub)
Bowles: W - Takeya Mizugaki (UD) | W - Damacio Page (Sub) | L - Dominick Cruz (TKO)

How did these two get here?

At one time, The California Kid sported an incredible 21-1 record. But after dropping his Featherweight belt to Mike Brown, he's had trouble finding consistency. Faber is 4-4 in his last 8, with all 4 of those loses coming in title shots. After falling to Jose Aldo in the only WEC PPV, Faber dropped down to Bantamweight, where he is 2-1 and coming off a loss to Cruz this summer. Faber trains with a number of top talents, including #1 contender at Featherweight Chad Mendes, at California's Team Alpha Male.

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