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

Nov 032011

There are two kinds of fight names. Ones that your training partners call you, and names that only the ring announcer calls you. …oh, and two more kinds, good ones and awful ones. So I guess there are four kinds of fight names. Anyway, regardless of how many types of fight names there are, they always carry with them something about the fighter. Some are easily understand able, for example Roy “Big Country” Nelson, and others are a little more cryptic. Fighters having fight names has long been a staple of boxing, but unless you practice it, you may not know that fight names are really traditional in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It kind of makes sense. After all, Carlos and Helio Gracie were taught Judo by famous Judoka Mitsuyo “Conde Koma” (which means Count of Combat) Maeda, who was the star puiple of Tsunejiro “Guardian” Tomita (In Japanese it was Shiten’nō). Which is a really long way of saying fighters have had nick names in martial arts for along time.

Some fight names sound awesome when you are alone talking to yourself in the shower, or after your friend has kicked you in the head, but when you hear it announced, we all feel differently. Continue reading »

Aug 302011

You'd be Paranoid too if everyone was out to get you!

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson thinks he is being watched. Convinced there is a spy in his training camp, he says he circulated a false statement that his hand was hurt, then hours later his manager got a call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva asking about it. He says that Silva says that the information came from John Jones’ manager Malki Kawa. (If you didn’t know, Rampage is slated to fight John Jones for the light heavyweight title).

Rampage says that he first became wary about a spy in his camp during the days prior to his May 29, 2010, fight at UFC 114 in Las Vegas with Rashad Evans. He said he injured his knee in training, but kept it quiet and let no one know. Yet, Jackson said that during the fight, Evans punched him repeatedly on the injured knee.

“In all my years of fighting, I’d never been punched in the knee before and I never saw anyone punch someone in the knee,” Jackson said (Which is kind of a good point, the last time I had someone punch me in the leg I was fighting an eight  year old…true story). But recently, he says he received a message from a fan on Twitter telling him that Jones had a spy in Jackson’s camp, so he decided to test things with the fake hand injury story.

Of course John Jone’s manager says he heard about the hand injury on twitter, and that they don’t have a spy in camp. Evans also says he had no info about the knee injury, he simply noticed that Rampage reacted to his strikes, so he kept hitting him there.

Now I am more then willing to believe that anyone in Greg Jackson’s camp might be spying on their opponents, they play it smart over there. What I have trouble believing is that Rampage Jackson could figure that out on his own. He rarely strikes anyone as the Sherlock Holmes type. I also find it funny that both parties claim to be using twitter as their source of info. Apparently twitter is the new Casa Blanca of the fighting world.