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

Dec 162011
 

Dragon Ball Z is close to the hearts of alot of adult martial artists. The Japanese anime series was started in 1989 and finished in 1995. So depending on your age, it might have been your first taste of martial arts, or it might have simply served to help inspire you to do your pushups. It was also known to cause seasures in certain people. It also annoyed parents.

So it isn’t surprising that this generation of fighters in the UFC can trace their martial ambitions to DBZ. In a recent interview, Marcus Brimage (one of the winners of the Ulimate Fighter TV show) claims that it was the reason he started training.

When asked what started him off fighting he said, “I was in Alabama, and I just basically had all these ambitions because of Dragon Ball Z. I mean, dude, c’mon, you’ve seen it. The fights are unreal…I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ I knew I had to watch this cartoon. It was off the chain. It motivated me. I felt that I really wanted to learn how to do that, how to fight like that.”

Marcus, I still want to fight like that too. I’m still working on flying and shooting energy from my hands, but I get what you are saying.

Dragon Ball Z is like boom to the temple, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,
boom, boom! You know what I’m saying? They’re everywhere. And that’s how I
fight.

Sadly I do understand what he is saying. Wow, and my mother said watching all that TV was going to be bad for me.

The thing is, right now I’ve got to learn how to be more controlled with it,
but they’re just so in your face. And you know what, that’s what the crowd likes
too. The crowd likes people slugging it out, going all out, balls to the wall,
everywhere. That’s the (expletive) that gets people standing up on their feet.
So that’s how Dragon Ball Z is, and that’s why I always push my cardio.

Well if watching Dragon Ball Z will do anything for you, pushing your cardio is one of them. I still can’t watch the show without doing pushups at somepoint.

Dec 142011
 

Tell me that isn't kind of cool...in a fat kind of way.

Am I weird for wishing that more Sumo would come and fight MMA?

Don’t answer that.

I look at Sumo Wrestlers and I see martial artists with alot in common to today’s Combat Sport fighters. They live in their training camps, they focus solely on training and…heh…shaping their bodies to compete, and they are plagued by accusations of corruption and steroid usage. You may remember my article on them earlier this year

People like to point out that they haven’t done very well in MMA up until this point, but I want to point out that there have only been three Sumo to try so far. That really doesn’t give you a good picture of how the fighting style would do. I mean heck, pro wrestlers manage to do well, yes Brock, I am thinking of you, so why not Sumo? More after the break

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Dec 112011
 

Yeah strange title, but I just read an article which said that Brazilian Jui jitsu was a dying art in MMA. After watching some of the awesome feats of Jui Jitsu last night, I am pleased to report that breaking limbs and choking people out is still happening at every level of the UFC.

I would have found a video of Nogueira’s arm being broken, but frankly (heh, Frankly, get it, like Frank Mir?) watching that once was enough for me. The other bit of awesome was when Jon Jones Choked Lloyto Machida. Machida was deeply asleep when Jones let him go, but I am sure he’s feeling better then Noguerira this morning. Now before I tick everyone off, I was pulling for Machida, but as a martial artist, I have to give mad props to a well done submission. UFC 140 was pretty darn awesome no matter who you were pulling for.

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Dec 082011
 

That’s what Dana White said about  Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Not that I care about what Dana White thinks about fighting in general, but it doesn’t bode well for Miller. Dana said,

It was bad. To be honest, believe me, my Twitter has been blowing up with all the Mayhem fans blasting me, but facts are facts. It was the worst standup I’ve ever seen in my life. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen worse standup. The guy’s been in the business for over 10 years. It looked like it was his first fight ever. It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. Some of the punches that were thrown by Mayhem Miller in this fight, you could go to a girls’ Tae Bo class and see better form, better stand-up. It was embarrassing,”

Personally I think Dana needs to apalagise to all the women who do Tae Bo need. Heck, this coming from a dude with a girl’s name!

Dec 052011
 

Strikeforce, the only real competitor with the UFC for MMA in the US has decided that the UFC is being just plain spiteful and mean by competing with them. Knowing what we do about the UFC and MMA as a sport we are all shocked and outraged that they would try to defeat and out perform their competition.

Mainly Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was complaining about the UFC planning counter programing, or putting together great cards at the same time as Strikeforce is planning an event to force fans to chose which event to watch. “The thought of somebody trying to counter-program you just to hurt your number or try to hurt your business or to create confusion in the marketplace, I mean, that’s something that just seems so unnecessary.” 

Yeah Dana! Its like when I fight, the thought that the other guy is trying to hurt me or try to confuse me is really unnecessary! We should all just resolve out differences with…. I don’t know, a coin toss.

He went on to say that ““We’re just trying to build the industry. Here’s what I mean by that: when the fans get to watch these fights on TV for free, I think that’s good for the sport. The more eyeballs we have on the sport, I think it’s better for the industry as a whole. Maybe some people might not feel that way today, but I think in the long run, free TV is what keeps MMA alive.”

Now I give him this, I don’t want a world where Dana White calls all the shots. I think that competion is good. But whining isn’t. No whining people!

Thanks to fighters.com for the info.

Dec 032011
 

I’m not so sorry to say that I don’t keep up with the Ulimate Figher show. I loving watching the UFC and I have my favorite fighters. Never once have I said to myself, “Hey What I really want to see is more trash talking, high jinx and and maybe a fight.”  That’s why I go to Walmart.

But in anycase, tonight I do mildly care about.  It looks like it will be one of those events that will be more entertaining than a normal UFC (not counting the last one. I still want to give Dan Henderson a hug, and I am not ashamed to say it) Fights tonight include

Under sized Louis Gaudinot vs. Johnny Bedford at bantamweight

Yves Edwards vs. Tony Ferguson who won season 13

John Dodson vs. TJ Dillashaw also at  Bantamweight

Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez: Featherweight

And of course Michael Bisping vs Jason Mayhem Miller

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Dec 012011
 

We call that deceptive headlines. But I got you excited or at least confused didn’t I? Now I have you annoyed and confused. What I am really hoping for is that little bit of text will drive more traffic to the site…

But really, I found this video where ask a bunch of UFC fighters who they think is a better trash talker, Chael Sonnen or Mayhem Miller.

 Its nice to know that Chael has made such an impression in the minds of his peers. I really liked Stephan Bonnar’s real discomfort at being asked who was going to win in the Bisping vs Miller fight. I also feel like I want to shoot a real machine gun. We call that good ad placement.