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What promised to be a night of pure entertainment, showcasing the world’s best MMA fighters at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, Michigan, certainly fulfilled its expectations.  BJ Penn’s emphatic first round KO to seal the trilogy victory over long time adversary and bitter rival Matt Hughes along with the superb grappling battle between Joe Lauzon and Australian top contender George Sotiropoulos that earned them each $80,000 for “Fight of the Night” were the stand-out highlights of an event that unfortunately finished the way in which it began….dubiously.

Tyson Griffin’s split decision loss to Nik Lentz in the opening fight of the evening’s card came as a shock to all in attendance as Griffin seemingly dominated affairs inside the Octagon. No one’s criticism of the verdict more damning than that of UFC Head-Honcho Dana White who went as far as to say Tyson Griffin “got fucked tonight, big time”, in the post fight press conference immediately following the event.

If this decision once again brought to light the irregularities and inconsistencies in the methods of fight-scoring in the UFC then the outcome of the main event of the evening will have die hard fans demanding an overhaul of the current system in usage.

In the headline fight, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida was looking to bounce back from surrendering the Light Heavyweight crown to now champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in May of this year, but standing in the Brazilian’s way was fellow top contender, and newly rejuvenated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson looking for his 5th win in six fights and eager to propel himself to the summit of the stacked division at 205 lbs.

After a cagey opening couple of rounds that could have gone either way, in truth, the fight was finely poised and hanging in the balance as the two former champions touched gloves to commence the third, and final round. Machida undoubtedly finishing the stronger of the pair as he gained multiple take downs and landed a number of well placed punches and kicks with a mid-round flurry that dazed the former PRIDE champion and left him clinging to survival as the clock counted down to bring the closely contested bout to its conclusion.

Despite potentially taking the first two rounds, Rampage cut the figure of a beaten man as he raised Lyoto’s arm aloft, seemingly resigned to defeat as they awaited the judges’ decision with bated breath. The split decision result announced in Jackson’s favour was met with a large chorus of jeers from the Detroit crowd who, believing as Rampage did, expected the Brazilian Karate master to be awarded the victory and thus improve his record to 17-1. .

With the American exclaiming ““Machida whupped my ass tonight” it was clear that he was as surprised as anyone with the verdict and immediately offered the chance of a rematch to the downcast “Dragon” who has now lost his last two inside the cage. Yet many fans who witnessed Machida’s five round victory over Mauricio Rua in October of last year will feel that it is nothing more than just desserts for the elusive counter-striker who miraculously gained the favour of the judging panel despite obviously falling short in at least three of the bouts five rounds against his fellow Brazilian

Although dubious, tonight’s decision victory for Quinton Jackson was a much fairer reflection of the fight than the result that allowed “The Dragon” to retain his world title. The powers that be in the UFC believed, and rightfully so, that Rua had been cheated and immediately scheduled the rematch in which justice was done and Shogun ensured the judges had no say when it came to the out come this time around, knocking Machida out in devastating fashion.

Immediately following the questionable decision of last night’s main event, the proposed rematch offered by Rampage was irrevocably quashed by Dana White who announced that there would be no rematch. He believes the judges made the correct decision and he scored the fight 29-28 for Rampage himself, stating these two are top of the food chain in the 205 lb division, insinuating that Quinton Jackson may now be in line for a title shot.

With many loyal UFC followers of the opinion that Machida was screwed out of the victory in Michigan last night, Jackson may find himself labelled the pariah for achieving the decision, and I for one, certainly hope this doesn’t happen. Rampage was class personified in the octagon following the result, and even despite the dubious nature of his victory he has now emerged victorious in five of his last six bouts in the UFC.

Make no mistake about it, Rampage is an MMA legend who has taken the scalps of fellow greats Dan Henderson, Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva. He nows adds Machida to his bulging cv and it will be difficult to deny him a shot at Shogun’s title in a throw back to the days of PRIDE were both made their impressive names in destructive fashion.

On the flip side of that coin lies last night’s loser, Lyoto Machida. The last twelve months has seen a cataclysmic fall from grace for the former champion who now must go back to the drawing board and plot his next course of action. In a heavily populated division it is a short, slippery slope down the pecking order.

This ultimately could be the “Dragon’s” fate as his most likely opponent following this defeat will be the victor of the impending clash between emerging superstars Jon “Bones” Jones and Ryan “Darth” Bader. Two phenomenal young fighters ready to make their impact on the ufc radar, either of which would prove a very tricky proposition for Lyoto Machida.

Whoever may be next for these fighters remains to be seen, but last night’s results show once again that deficiencies are evident in the scoring systems and fights don’t always end the way they should. Naturally, there is an easy solution to be found for this problem and the answer lies in the hands and feet of the fighters themselves. …..

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The English have given the world plenty of wonderful things. The adjustable spanner, the lawn mower, Bird’s custard, Katie Waissel and oppression. But one thing we should all be truly thankful for is David Robert Jones, who we all know as David Bowie.

Born in Brixton, London back in the black and white days (around 1947) “Davie Jones” showed great creativity from an early age. Whilst carrying the status of an “artistic” choir boy to start his musical life journey, he was thankfully introduced to a yank we now call the king. No, not that Scooby Doo villain, Jackson.The real king, Elvis Presley. An influence that had such an affect on Bowie, he later said of the hip shaking hound dog, “I have heard God”.

And with an array of quickly developing musical talent, the young Jones spent his school years experimenting with a multitude of new and innovative sounds, jumping from band to band. Unfortunately all of which enjoyed as much commercial success as DJ Spiral. But in the year 1969 when Jones became a solo artist under the new name David Bowie, he emerged with “Space Oddity”, which would be the title of his second studio album, and announce himself proudly onto the scene.

And as soon as one base persona was formed in “Bowie”, more were to follow. Originally based on the characters featured in songs just as Major Tom was in Space Oddity, but in 1972 the character Ziggy Stardust, a sort of glam version of Richie Kavanagh, only with talent, came to life on stage through Bowie himself. His intention for Ziggy being the ultimate pop idol, made up of the mannerisms of Iggy Pop and the musical ability of Lou Reed. An alter ego that literally took over Bowie’s life for a number of years. Thankfully though, the Ziggy tour that folded fired bowie into musical stardom.

In 1976 a new persona was created in “the thin white duke”, a visual extension of the character Thomas Newton which Bowie played superbly in the film ‘The man who fell to earth. Realistically tho, he looked like a formally dressed concentration camp survivor. Legendary all the same.

The Berlin era which followed took Bowie through to 1979 and saw him living in West Berlin with Iggy Pop while at the same time managing to tone down his ever increasing lust for cocaine. Then came the 80’s, where the album “Scary monsters and super creeps” took Bowie to super-stardom. And in 1983, he finally went platinum in both the UK and the US with the Nile Rogers co-produced album, “Let’s Dance”. Other highs of the decade included his appearance in Wembley in 1985 for Live Aid, and in 1986 he co-starred in Jim Henson’s classic film “Labyrinth”

The 90’s saw Bowie reach more highs, in 1992 he preformed at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, charged the number 1 spot again in 93 with the album “Black tie white noise” and in 1996 he  was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Which cemented him into music history as an iconic Legend. Since then he has featured in several more acting roles and even turned down the role of Bond villain Max Zorin in A view to a kill. Some memorable appearances he did take include his catwalk judging cameo in the hit Ben Stiller flick Zoolander, and playing the quirkey scientist Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige”.
An inspiration to many, a musical inventor, a production genius, a style pioneer…
… A freaky old bastard.