Aug 232012
 

If you watch the UFC, you know that the US Marine Corp sponsors the company. However a petition has been sent to the  Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos to drop sponsorship of UFC fights, which they  claim promote violence and bigotry. I’m not sure about the bigotry, but I think we can admit that there is violence in the UFC, but you think that would be a selling point to organization like the Marines. Interestingly enough, the petition isn’t coming from some sort of family based moral watch dog organization, or even a military oriented organization, its being pressed by UNITE HERE which is a labor union that represents  hotel, food service, and casino workers.

The head of the Union, said “I don’t follow the UFC and I don’t know the cast of characters, but when I see  the Marine Corps using them as recruitment vehicle and they’re using these  made-up characters to say things that I find personally disgusting, I’ve got to  take action, the Marine Corps should not be associated with  that.” Which really shows that he doesn’t know anything about the UFC or MMA in general and seems to be confusing it with Pro Wrestling. Sir, they don’t have a cast of made up characters…unless you are counting Chael Sonnon, but still no one asked him to act like that. It could also be because Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta who own the UFC also run a string of non union Casinos. In fact the Union admits that is really the main point. The line of logic is fantastic, “You aren’t union, but you should be. Therefore the Marines shouldn’t support you. Brilliant.

Now, in their defense, they point out that fighters often say really awful and stupid things either in interviews or through places like Twitter. And they are right, but have they looked at alot of Twitter posts? Its not exactly the source of balance and reason for our generation.

They also claim “We believe the homophobic and sexist statements of people associated with the  UFC are deeply at odds with the values of the Marine Corps and conflict with the  Defense Department’s stated commitment to tolerance and respect for diversity,” I think they are thinking about this incident.

But in the UFC’s defense, that was PRIDE, which was at the time a Japanese Company.

Thankfully, there has been no indication that the Marine Corp is planning to cut their UFC ads.

 

Jun 052012
 

Well the “Cupcaking” has continued into this week, and I make no excuses, no that would require me to write something. No instead of excuses, I bring for your consideration, a man, an actor, and lately a fighter. I bring you a man with three first names. Jason David Frank. If that name means anything to you, then you truely are a nerd. Because he was a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. Over the course of his “acting” career he played a green ranger (see the picture to the right), a white ranger, a read ranger and a black ranger. He has also appeared in more episodes then any other actor, 242! Naturally being locked into a never ending and low budget series liks this will lead a martial artist to either on of two paths. Rage binge eating or Mix Martial Arts, so it was unsurprising when he hung up his Ranger uniform and decided to fight a different breed of crazy people.

 

Yeah I know. Who’d have guessed this tough guy was under all that spandex? Its like when you pick a fight with a mall Santa. Some of those guys will mess you up! And the beard makes it harder to rear naked choke them. Although they are some of the few people upon whom I have ever pulled off a winding beard choke. But I digress.

Mr Jason David Frank is currently a 7th degree black belt in karate, and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He’s 4-0 as an amiture in MMA and 1-0 as a pro. So far three of his five wins have been by submission, so that pretty impressive. He’s also started his own martial art called Toso Kune Do, which he says combines Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, Judo ,Kickboxing, Shotokan Karate, Thai Boxing, Weapons, Boxing, Grappling, Savate and Gunting

And yes I did say Gunting. I have no idea what that is, but I don’t make this stuff up. I copy and paste it from their websites. (You can tell because its spelled correctly). Anyway, I am looking forward to the continuation of this man’s career (you know, now that I know he exists)

Mar 192012
 

As a martial arts instructor, I have found the growing popularity of the UFC and MMA on a whole to be really helpful in marketing and heck, just talking about my martial arts. People know what Kick boxing is, or what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu means. When I say Judo, I don’t receive nearly the amount of blank stares I used to get.

I read an article in Black belt magazine where Bill “Superfoot” Wallace said that MMA was a fad that would burn out soon. Of all the old martial arts greats, I tend to agree with Superfoot the most. However on this issue, it sounds like traditional martial artist denial. During the 1980s when the ninja craze hit, everyone was jumping on the ninja band wagon. Ninja turtle rip off logos were seen in dojos, everyone was teaching swords, nunchaku, and sai, even if their martial art didn’t include them. But MMA is different. It didn’t try to simply market itself to kids and nerds. It tried to get the respectability of boxing, with the mystic of martial arts. It wasn’t enough to get Tiger Claw and Century to sponsor things it worked to get sponsors outside of the martial arts world. It even recruited fighters from outside the martial arts world! It created an environment that made adults want to watch and kids dream of participating. More after the jump

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Mar 082012
 

Chael Sonnon has totally revolutionized trash talking in his own life time. Never again will fight match making be determined soley on where a fighter stands in the rankings, it will be based on each fighter’s aggressive PR campain.

To be honest, I think this attempt fell a little flat, I was hoping for something a little funnier, but you have to hand it to this guy he pursues his rematch with Anderson Silva with an energy that presidential candidates should envy. Continue reading »

Feb 142012
 

After losing to decision in his fight with Carlos Condit, many people felt that Nick Diaz deserved a rematch, well mostly Nick Diaz, but I am sure his brother, and most of his trainers felt the same way. In any case, Dana White had everything set to allow such a match…until the drug screenings came out and Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana. Now it might be a while before Diaz gets to fight either Condit or GSP.

The Diaz brothers have a history of doing things their own way. Mainly by not doing things. This will make the third weed related issue in Nick Diaz’s career. When asked if marijuana was getting in the way of his MMA success Diaz said, “Actually, on the contrary, my fight career has gotten in the way of my marijuana smoking.” Its good to know there are roll models like this out there.

Despite many people’s low opinions of Nick Diaz’s intelligence, he personally thinks that he is quite clever in 2009 he went on the record to tell everyone how he could easily defeat athletic commission drug testing. I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests].

“I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers. I drink 10 pounds
of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I’ll be fine.”

Because I am captain of this brainship and I can single handily defeat science using only Walmart herbs and water. Its fools proof!

When you combine his past difficulty with the UFC, refusing to appear at press events and such, and now his is bound to get a six month suspension (normally pot only carries a 3 month suspension, but some bright guy has been caught repeatedly before) it wouldn’t be surprising if no one feels like catering to his brand of crazy anymore.

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Feb 012012
 

For the longest time this was becoming the Chael Sonnon Blog, since that dude spews enough mock-able content that it made my job fairly easy. But to be honest I have strayed away from him for a while, so I think its ok to reopen the wound subject.

Chael Sonnen is now saying that the long awaited rematch between himself and Anderson Silva will never happen. “I can guarantee you Anderson Silva and I will never cross paths again. Our business is done. We will not fight under any circumstances no matter how many rules or fake restraints he puts on it,” Sonnen said. “He’s not getting in the Octagon with me, ever.”

Dana White, (Head of the UFC) however says, “I 100-percent, right here, right now, guarantee you that if Chael Sonnen wins his fight, that Anderson Silva will fight Chael Sonnen this summer,”

In Sonnen’s defense, we have to take this with a grain of salt, nothing is ever sure in a sport like MMA, there are any number of things that could postpone a fight between the Champ and the man who claims to be the Champ, injuries, weather, failing more drug tests, missing press events (see Nick Diaz), or just twittering the wrong thing at the wrong time. These last three are a great danger to a man like Chael Sonnen, who has had issues with drug tests in the past, and is kind of a loose cannon when it comes to the things he says and does to generate PR. Video after the break.

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Jan 312012
 


I am sure that some of you have seen commercial before but its new to me. I love watching commercials and trying to figure out what they are advertising and seeing how they hope to get you hooked. This one made no sense to me. Jon Jones is an impressive athlete, but the clothes make him look like a normal guy. He’s shown side kicking his child on a swing, and there is a vague attempt at humor. If they didn’t put the text on the screen about the UFC being shown on FOX, I doubt any of us would have been able to guess that was the point of the ad. It looked like an advertisement for some family sitcom…that I wouldn’t watch. I don’t know if that’s the UFC’s attempt to grab a new demographic, soccer moms, or if FOX is trying to soften MMA’s image, but I don’t think its working…any of it.

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Jan 022012
 

 

Brock Lesnar chest tatooI am sure that all three of my readers have already watched UFC 141 or at least read about it already, so its really too late to try to tell you anything that you don’t know. Instead I thought I would talk about something you already have heard of, Brock Lesner retiring. First off, wow, this has been the year of well known fighters quiting. We’ve had Brock, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Matt Hamall, Mirko Cro Cop, and Randy Couture, just to name a few. I remember when Brock first came to the UFC, I thought to myself, “Yeah, lets see what a pro wrestler can do against real fighters!” Then he became Champion, and I wondered who we were going to get who could beat him. The man was just too powerful. Then we heard he was the highest paid fighter in all MMA competion. Then Cain Velasquez cracked his head open. Then the whole surgery thing. Then cam his loss last Friday. Talk about a flash in a pan. Brock came, stirred everything up and vanished, but in kind of a whinny BJ Penn kind of way. “If I can’t win easily, I don’t want to play.”

Fellows, if winning the UFC was easy, I’d have totally done it already. Now Brock gets to be remembered mostly for biggest hands and worst tatoo in UFC history! And he hasn’t even considered how hard it makes to cover things as a blogger! I could always fall back on something Chael Sonnen said, or I could make fun of Brock’s chest tatoo! I am totally unfriending him on Facebook.

I guess I could make fun of Nate Diaz…but that’s like making fun of the handycapped kid….just a really dangero

Dec 262011
 

Who says you need to be in shape to fight?

If Brock Lesnar can cross over from fake fighting Pro Wrestling to real fighting MMA, it comes to no surprise that Tim Sylvia can cross over into Pro Wrestling from MMA. Tim Sylvia is a former UFC Champion who is best known for pushing his opponent against the cage and leaning on them. This is exactly as boring as it sounds. Well he was supposed to fight in the upcoming Dream MMA card, but his opponent was late getting out of jail and couldn’t get his visa in order, so the fight was scrapped. So instead he will be faking a fight on the same card. Hopefully it will be more entertaining then his real MMA fights.

Dec 182011
 

It seems like lately a ton of great fighters are calling it quits. Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Chuck Liddell (within the space of a year),  Rampage Jackson has talked about it, Matt Hughes says he only has one more fight in him, and we are just waiting for Tito Ortitz to finally call it. Now it looks like Forest Griffin is calling it quits too. In a recent interview, he said,

 “If anything, for me now, I’m realizing that I don’t have much left,” Griffin
continued. “This is the end of the road for me. I want a couple of more fight
fights, you know, good ones! Fights where I don’t get knocked out in the first
round. Fights where I get hurt and bleed a little but I kinda rally back. 
Something of that nature. As far as a fight with Tito, yeah it would be good but
do people want to see it?”

Yes Forrest, I’d like to see it. What I would like to see more is to see you take some time, train up and get back out there. Goodness he’s only 32 years old! Randy Couture is 48. 32 is not a good retiring age. So he’s been having a hard time lately. Stop fighting people like Anderson Silva and Shogun Rua for a little while. A lot of people lose to those two, it doesn’t mean its the end of the road!

But on the other hand, when you don’t care anymore its going to be hard to be motived. Perhaps once I’ve been a UFC champion I’ll see things that way. I’ll try to squeeze