Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable Live Blog

Today we will be going live at 1 PM EST, covering Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes weigh-in results and much more:

Cage Rage 23: Unbelieveable Weigh-In Results
Report: Weir Still Set to Face Daley
Weir Injured at BodogFight Tapings; Chonan to Face Daley at Cage Rage 23

Main Card:

Gary Turner vs Julius Francis
James Zikic vs Vitor Belfort
Mark Weir vs Paul Daley
Matt Ewin vs Alex Reid
Mustapha Al-Turk vs Tengiz Tedoradze
Chris Brennan vs Jean Silva
Xavier Pokam vs Pierre Guillet
Ed Smith vs Roman Webber
Jason Barrett vs Lee Doski
Ch’e Mills vs Ross Mason
Domonic Ostich vs Neil Grove

We are live for our first of two live blogs today…

“The Fight Professor” Stephen Quadros is one of the color commentators for the broadcast.

Andy Geer and Dave O’Donnell are the hosts as usual.

The first bout of the day, or night if you are overseas, will be Jason Barrett going up against Lee Doski.

Jason Barrett vs Lee Doski

Round 1: The first round started with both fighters feeling each other out on the feet. Doski backed Barrett twice up against the cage with a flurry of punches, reminiscent of Vitor Belfort on Wanderlei Silva back in the day. Barrett landed a good amount of leg kicks throughout the round. Both fighters stayed on the feet throughout the course of the round and exchanged punches with Doski getting the better of Barrett. Doski did a good job of sticking his jab in Barrett’s face and scoring points.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Doski.

Round 2:  Barrett turned up the heat in the second round, being a lot more aggressive on the feet. Barrett came flying in with shot after shot but Doski was able to counter him with punches and leg kicks on many occasions during the round. Doski once again backs Barrett up against the cage with a flurry of shots but Barrett is able to survive the attack and get back out to the center of the cage. Barrett continues his aggressiveness throughout the round but continues to get hit with counter shots from Doski until the bell sounds to end the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Doski.

Round 3: Barrett comes flying out of the gate once again, trying to catch Doski with one big punch. Unforunately for Barrett, he was unable to do it. Doski landed a few power shots and stunned Barrett every time. Barrett was able to keep his composure and survive the round. Barrett was able to get Doski in close quarters and delivered some knees to the body but they didn’t do much in terms of damage. Doski accidentally kicks Barrett in the groin at one point. The referee stops the bout to let Barrett recover and he decides to continue. The fight is restarted and Barrett throws nothing but bombs with nothing landing until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Doski and the fight 30-27 for Doski. The judges agree.

Winner: Lee Doski - Unanimous Decision

The entrance at the event is simple yet flashy at the same time. A nice mix.

The second bout features Ross Mason and Ch’e Mills

Ross Mason vs Ch’e Mills

Round 1: Mason starts off the bout by connecting with a bunch of leg kicks. Mills seems to be content to not defend them. Mills opens up with a couple of combinations that force Mason to move away from the strikes. They clinch up against the cage and Mills is able to take Mason down. Mills quickly passes Mason’s guard and achieves mount. Mills pounds away and Mason rolls over to try and get away from the strikes. Mills is able to lock in a rear naked choke and Mason quickly taps out.

Winner: Ch’e Mills - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

The next fight will have Roman Webber stepping into the cage against Ed Smith

Roman Webber vs Ed Smith

Round 1: Smith comes out throwing punches to start the round. They clinch and Webber tries to take Smith down but fails. Smith continues to come at Webber with combinations. Webber gets Smith up against the cage. Smith grabs the cage to prevent a takedown but gets slammed to the mat anyway. Webber works his way to mount and starts unleashing some ground and pound. Smith is able to retain guard. After some grappling Smith is able to work his way to his feet. Webber takes him down again and quickly gets side control. Webber gets mount once again and pounds away until the round ends.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Webber.

Round 2: Webber pumps away with the jab to start the round. Webber connects with a leg kick and then follows up with a straight right that stuns Smith. Smith shoots in for a takedown and Webber stuffs it. Webber holds him down on the ground and gets side control. Webber gets mount for a third time and lands some punches but Smith does a good job of controlling him for the most part. They scramble and Webber gets side control. Smith eventually gets back up to his feet but Webber knocks him down with a combination. Webber pounces on him but Smith holds Webber in his guard until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the ound 10-9 for Webber.

Round 3: Webber starts throwing bombs to start the third. Smith is moving away from the punches but it’s obvious that having to constantly run away is taking a lot out of him. Smith attempts a spinning back fist but misses. Webber capitalizes and takes him down. Webber throws some punches but Smith grabs his arm. Smith attempts a kimura but is unable to hold it. Webber holds Smith down and throws a mix of punches and elbows until the bell rings to end the fight.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Webber and the fight 30-27 for Webber. Once again, the judges agree with me. Like I said before, NSAC, hire me. I’ll be able to do a better job than Cecil Peoples, that’s for sure.

Winner: Roman Webber - Unanimous Decision

Quadros should just use his regular voice when doing the fight promos instead of going slow and deep.

Everyone is really hyping up Neil Grove for this next fight as if he’s the next best thing. I guess we’re about to find out.

Neil Grove vs Domonic Ostich

Round 1: Grove shoots in and takes Ostich down right from the start. Grove immediately achives mount and starts pounding away on Ostich. Ostich rolls to his back but continues to take punishment. Grove continues with the unanswered shots until the referee is forced to stop the bout just 34 seconds into it.

Winner: Neil Grove - TKO (Strikes)

Impressive performance by Grove…

After the fight Cage Rage officials announce that Grove will face Robert Berry at the promotion’s next event in December.

Up next is an apparent grudge match six years in the making between Matt Ewin and Alex Reid.

Matt Ewin vs Alex Reid

I actually had to step away from the computer for this one, sorry people. That won’t happen later tonight, trust me.

Ewin dominated Reid en route to a decision win. Ewin finally gets his revenge and proves that he was always the better fighter than Reid.

Winner: Matt Ewin - Unanimous Decision

The next bout will bee Xavier Pokam going up against Pierre Guillet

Xavier Pokam vs Pierre Guillet

Round 1: Both fighters come out looking to bang. Each lands their fair share of good punches. Pokam connects with a combination that forces Guillet to take Pokam down. Pokam quickly works his way back up to his feet. Pokam connects with a hard body kick that hurts Guillet. Pokam then lands a right cross that sends Guillet falling to the mat. Pokam pounces on Guillet but the referee is right there to stop the bout and save Guillet from any further damage.

Winner: Xavier Pokam - TKO (Strikes)

Impressive stoppage win for Pokam. He gave props to Guillet for being a tough opponent during the post-fight interview.

The next bout is a heavyweight matchup and is expected to not go the distance.

Tengiz Tedoradze vs Mustapha al Turk

Round 1: Both come out with crisp strikes from the start. Each land a hard right. al Turk connects with a combination that rocks Tedoradze. Tedoradze shoots in for a takedown but al Turk flips him over. al Turk takes his back and pounds away with unanswered strikes. al Turk then sinks in a rear naked choke and rolls over so his back is against the mat. Tedoradze does a nice job of getting out of the choke and defending multiple attempts. Tedoradze sweeps al Turk and winds up on top. Tedoradze throws occasional strikes and grapples with al Turk until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for al Turk.

Round 2: Tedoradze takes al Turk down to start the round. al Turk tries to lock in a triangle but Tedoradze gets out of it. The referee stands them up after a lack of acton. Both are landing heavy punches. They continue to exchange on the feet throughout the round. The pace slows down during the last minute. Both fighters look to be tired. al Turk is cut on his nose. They continue to exchange until the bell sounds.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Tedoradze

The dresses that these dancing girls are wearing are starting to hurt my eyes.

Round 3: Both come out swinging to start the round. Going toe-to-toe. Tedoradze lands a hard left. al Turk lands a big leg kick. They clinch and go up against the cage. They separate and continue to exchange strikes. They clinch and Tedoradze takes al Turk down. Tedoradze pounds away while al Turk maintains a close guard. Tedoradze gets him up against the cage and continues his ground and pound. The referee restarts the fight on the ground. I don’t agree with that, Tedoradze was doing enough work. However it doesn’t matter as Tedoradze takes al Turk down once again just before the end of the fight.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Tedoradze and the fight 29-28 for Tedoradze. The scores aren’t announced but the judges agree in terms of who won the fight.

Winner: Tengiz Tedoradze - Unanimous Decision

The crowd doesn’t agree with the decision. The post-fight announcer tries to calm down the crowd but it doesn’t work.

Now it’s time for a 20 minute intermission. This is a long event.

Back from the break. Time to see the Westside Strangler in action against fan favorite Jean Silva.

Chris Brennan vs Jean Silva

Round 1: Silva buckles Brennan with a punch to start the fight. Silva then takes Brennan down to the mat. They stand back up and exchange some strikes. Brennan takes Silva down and they scramble before standing up. Brennan lands a nice right. They both exchange knees that hit each other’s groin. The referee stops the fight and gives both fighters time to shake it off. They do and the bout is restarted. Brennan and Silva stay on the feet and exchange some more. Silva connects with a body shot. Silva is the more aggressive fighter. Brennan takes Silva down once again and holds him there until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9

Round 2: They come out swinging to start the round. They clinch and Silva knocks Brennan down with a knee. Brennan is cut over his eye. Silva jumps on him and starts pounding away. He continues to throw until Brennan rolls on his side and gets ahold of Silva’s arm. Brennan locks in an armbar but Silva gets out of it. Silva gets in side control and starts pounding away some more. Silva landing unanswered shots and the referee decides to step in.

Winner: Jean Silva - TKO (Strikes)

The next bout is Mark Weir vs Paul Daley. Both fighters are predicting knockouts.

Mark Weir vs Paul Daley

Round 1: The fight starts out slow as both fighters feel each other out. Weir throws a few low kicks and then Daley begins to work his strikes as he moves forward. They exchange low kicks in the center of the cage. Both fighters throwing one punch at a time. Daley working hard to cut out the lead leg of Weir. Daley secures a takedown and gains top position. After little action on the ground they return to the feet. Weir pins Daley against the cage and works the knees to his legs. They break free and return to the center of the cage. Daley begins to work the low kicks again. Daley lands a good high kick an they begin to exchange. Both fighters throwing excellent flurries of punches and kicks.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Weir

Round 2: The second begins with Daley looking to land his low kicks again. Weir lands a good kick followed by a left. Weir lands an excellent straight left. Again Weir lands a straight left as Daley fires off a low kick. Daley sets up a shot with a few punches and puts Weir on the canvas. Immediately Weir uses the cage to return to his feet. Weir attempts to throw a left and as he does he eats a hard punch that drops him. Daley pounces and immediately gains the mount. From there he begins to rain down bombs until the referee eventually jumps in to call a halt to the action.

Winner: Paul Daley - TKO (Strikes)

Geer and O’Donnell just announced that Drew Fickett is coming to Cage Rage.

It’s Vitor Belfort time bitches…

Vitor sporting the cornrows. Haven’t seen that before. He’s still in shape, just a little softer compared to the condition we’ve seen him in the past.

Vitor Belfort vs James Zikic

Round 1: They begin the round feeling each other out on the feet. The first minute provides very little action other than short jabs and leg kicks. The crowd isn’t very happy. Both still looking hesitant. Vitor lands a body shot and a leg kick. They continue to keep their distance and measure each other up. Zikic stuns Vitor with a big right hand. Belfort stumbles to the ground. Vitor backs up against the cage and then shoots in for a takedown. Vitor gets on top but Zikic controls him via a tight guard. Vitor stands him and lands a jumping right. He transitions to side control and then back to mount. They grapple until the end of the round. Close, slow round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Zikic.

Round 2: They trade jabs to start the round and Belfort takes Zikic down. Belfort lands two rights and gets Zikic up against the cage. Belfort tries a guillotine but lets go. Belfort gets back on top of Zikic and starts throwing punches and elbows. Zikic tries a side choke but lets go. Belfort switches to side control and then grabs ahold of Zikic’s right arm. Zikic does a good job of controlling Vitor and the referee decides to stand them up. They clinch and exchange knees. Belfort tries to toss Zikic to the ground but Zikic ends up on top. Zikic lands some punches but Belfort controls well. They get stood back up and clinch until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Belfort

Round 3: Zikic lands a couple of solid rights up against the cage to start the round. They clinch up against the cage and then separate. They clinch once again and exchange knees. Belfort connects with a snapping left. Zikic returns fire with a right. Zikic lands a couple of leg kicks. Belfort shoots in and takes Zikic down. Belfort throws a mix of punches and elbows while Zikic tries to bring Vitor in close. Vitor picking up the pace now. Vitor lands a couple more rights and then switches to side control. Vitor switches back and starts landing elbow after elbow. Zikic has a small cut over his eye. Zikic trying to escape but can’t. Vitor pounding away with unanswered shots. Vitor spins Zikic around and takes his back up against the cage. Belfort nearly gets the choke but Zikic escapes. Vitor continues to pound on Zikic until the end of the fight.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Belfort and the fight 29-28 for Belfort. The judges agree. Belfort is the new champion.

Winner: Vitor Belfort - Unanimous Decision

Vitor’s english has improved a lot. He’s even lost the Brazilian accent with some words.

It’s time for the main event - former kickboxer Gary Turner takes on former boxer Julius Francis

Gary Turner vs Julius Francis

Round 1: They exchange on the feet for a little bit until Turner takes Francis down. Turner pounds away with rights, forcing Francis to pull a tighter guard. Francis eventually works his way up to his feet but Turner knocks him down with a knee. Turner gets on top of him and starts to pound away once again. Francis rolls and gets up to his knees but Turner slams him back down. Turner controls Francis on the ground until the end of the round.

Round 2: They exchange on the feet to start the round. Turner is content to let his feet go and land leg kicks. They clinch and go down to the ground. Turner pounds away on Francis’ body and connects with a knee. Francis then taps out as he’s had enough. Turner is the winner.

Winner: Gary Turner - Submission (Strikes)

After the fight Geer and O’Donnell discuss Cage Rage 24 in December. They reveal that “Krazy Horse” Charles Bennett may be on the card although nothing is signed.

Well that about wraps it up. Thanks for following the blog for those that did and keep it right here for the UFC 76 live blog later tonight.

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