Sunday, August 29, 2010

Frankie "The Answer" Edgar Dominates BJ Penn in UFC 118

29 August 2010 12:38pm Manila time

Frankie Edgar gave a definitive answer to the question of who is the best MMA lightweight in the world when he dominated the legendary BJ Penn every step of the way in their UFC 118 rematch in Boston.

With his devastating win, Edgar also stakes his claim to two more titles, the first being the greatest UFC lightweight of all time held by BJ Penn and the other, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world which is a toss up between welterweight champion George St. Pierre and the middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

MMA fighters will do well to emulate Frankie Edgar's technique of constantly moving from side to side of his opponent, backing away when necessary, but always ready to stick a jab here and a kick there, while avoiding to get hit and tagged by counterpunches. He showed tremendous cardio, took down BJ Penn several times with relative ease and more importantly, displayed the strength and ability to escape twice when BJ brought him to the mat.

There were doubters in Abu Dhabi in UFC 112 but now, the bellwether of the future of the UFC has definitely arrived and his name is Frankie "The Answer" Edgar!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Miss Philippines Maria Venus Raj Reaches Miss Universe 2010 Finals, Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete Is Miss Universe 2010

24 August 2010 10:38am

Maria Venus Raj, the Philippine candidate has reached the top five of the Miss Universe pageant at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, USA. The Philippines was the last country named by the hosts and the announcement was greeted with a loud cheer by Filipinos in the audience.

Venus' greatest asset, apart from her exotic beauty is her insuperable confidence. I am apprehensive, however, that her weak answer to judge William Baldwin's question, "What is one big mistake in your life and what did you do to make it right?" might cost her the Miss Universe crown. I hope I'm wrong and as I write this sentence (10:42am), the hosts are now back to announce the winners of Miss Universe 2010.

They're now having one last look at the Miss Universe finalists in their evening gown (10:43am). The crowd cheers loudest when Venus' name is called.

The outgoing Miss Universe is now making her final farewell (10:45am). The program pauses for a commercial break. When they return, Stefania Fernandez will crown Miss Universe 2010.

The hosts are now thanking the judges and sponsors (10:49am).

Venus is announced as the 4th runner-up -- a terrible disappointment!

Ukraine, 3rd runner-up, Australia, 2nd runner-up. It's now a toss up between Mexico and Jamaica.

Jamaica is 1st runner-up. Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, is Miss Universe 2010! (10:51am).

Friday, August 13, 2010

Supreme Court Issues TRO on SLEX Toll Fee Increase and VAT Imposition

13 August 2010

The Supreme Court has reportedly issued temporary restraining orders that will prevent the implementation of the toll fee increase in the SLEX as well as the imposition of VAT on toll fees on Monday. The government was given ten days to submit its comments. This is according to a flash report by Nelson Lubao, Radyo Patrol Number 33 of DZMM. It's now 2:40pm, Manila time.

We saw in last night's news reports the apparent impotence of the Senate Finance Committee chaired by Senator Ralph Recto in persuading the BIR to accept the Senate's position that the VAT on toll fees is an illegal exaction. It's now up to the Supreme Court to lay down the final word on this matter.

Supreme Court Issues TRO on SLEX Toll Fee Increase and VAT Imposition

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Chael Sonnen Nearly Demolishes Anderson Silva, Silva Escapes with a Last Minute Triangle Choke

8 August 2010, 12:27pm, Manila time

As I write, there's just a few seconds left in second round of the Chael Sonnen - Anderson Silva UFC middleweight championship bout. The second round has just ended wherein Sonnen landed punishing blows to Silva's face after taking him down early in the round.

It's now the third round and early on after some shots by Silva, Chael takes him down again. On top of Anderson Silva, Sonnen rains a flurry of knees and multiple shots on the face. If this trend doesn't change, Silva with end this night with Chael Sonnen snatching his middleweight belt. In addition, on the line is Anderson Silva's unblemished record of 11 straight wins in the octagon. This is now a battle of attrition with Anderson Silva on the losing end. The round is winding up but the gradual beating he's getting from Chael Sonnen is sure to eat up his strength and perhaps even more importantly, his confidence.

Anderson Silva caught Chael Sonnen with some big shots early in the fourth round but Chael Sonnen survives the flurry and is now on top of Anderson Silva again with 3:10 remaining in the round raining shots again on the face of the champion. The crowd is chanting "USA, USA, USA ...!" expecting a win by the American Chael Sonnen. Round 4 ends with Chael Sonnen taking every opportunity -- even small ones -- to punish Anderson Silva.

The replay shows a right elbow by Anderson Silva catching Chael Sonnen on the face.

Start of Round 5. Chael Sonnen rocks Anderson Silva with a right sending him to the canvas. The pattern continues, with more than 4 minutes remaining, Anderson Silva is once again a target to Chael Sonnen's relentless ground and pound. With 2:50 remaining, Chael rains down punches on Anderson's face. With a little over 2 minutes remaining, Chael Sonnen appears ready to wear Anderson Silva's UFC middleweight belt.

But in what is easily one of the UFC's most dramatic escape finishes, with less than two minutes remaining in the bout, Anderson manages to squeeze his left leg over Chael Sonnen's head and from there, implemented a triangle choke forcing the American to tap.

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