Column: Koco’s Corner #152 – (The Three Combat Sports “Stars of the Week” of 2/9/14 to 2/15/14)
In ice hockey, the three stars of a match are the three best players as chosen by a third party, with the first star considered the best of the three players, akin to the man of the match in other sports. So once a week on Koco’s Corner I will choose the three stars of the week from all of the Combat Sports.
On to the awards:
1. Lyoto Machida (MMA)
Lyoto Machida doesn’t know if he’s going to get the winner of the UFC middleweight title fight against Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva.
So all “The Dragon” can do in the interim is continue to take care of business. That he did on Saturday night, as he cruised to a victory over former Strikeforce and Dream light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil.
The judges’ scores were 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46, as the former UFC light heavyweightchampion improved to 2-0 since dropping to 185 pounds.
“I obviously would like the chance, but it’s up to the UFC,” Machida (21-4) said through an interpreter. “The president of the UFC has to decide who I am going to get.”
The opening round was classic Machida, as he used quick movement, stance changes, sharp kicks and counter flurries to fluster Mousasi (34-9-2, 1 NC). In round two, Machida blasted Mousasi with a head kick, but Mousasi somehow shook it off and had his strongest round of the fight. He kept Machida off-balance with low kicks and landed several solid flurries in the round’s latter moments.
Machida returned to form in round three, though, bloodying Mousasi with his strikes. It was more of the same in round four. In the fourth round’s closing seconds, Mousasi drilled the downed Machida in the face with a flagrant upkick, but referee Mario Yamasaki did not dock a point.
In the final round, Machida went out with a flurry, getting Mousasi’s back and working for a submission, but Mousasi, who lost for the first time in his past eight fights, managed to survive and finish the fight.
“I wanted to finish him, but I couldn’t,” Machida said in his post-fight interview. “He was a tough opponent.”
Fight Night Jaragua: Lyoto Machida Post-fight Interview
Lyoto Machida, winner of two straight in the middleweight division, talks to Jon Anik about his win over MMA veteran Gegard Mousasi and who he wants to see in the Octagon next.
2. Cesaro (Pro Wrestling)
Cesaro def. Randy Orton
In a stunning SmackDown main event battle for the ages, Cesaro pinned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton with The Neutralizer, giving him an incredible non-title victory and, more importantly, extremely valuable momentum heading into the Elimination Chamber on Feb. 23.
As a result of the loss, The Viper is now 1-3 in matches against his Elimination Chamber opponents.
Cesaro vs. Randy Orton: SmackDown, Feb. 14, 2014
Cesaro steps inside the ring with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton in the main event of SmackDown.
3. Kazuchika Okada (Pro Wrestling)
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
Winner: Okada following the Rainmaker.
~ 8th successful defense.
~ Katsuyori Shibata came out to challenge the champion, but Okada stated that he will have to earn his shot through the New Japan Cup in March.
~ Okada stated that he will continue to defend the IWGP Heavy belt and outclass Tanahashi and the IWGP IC by the matches he competes in.
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