Wednesday, April 23, 2014

UFC 172 Primer: A Video of Jon Jones Getting His Ass Kicked


Jon Jones will edge just a step closer to greatness on Saturday when he defends his belt at UFC 172 against challenger Glover Teixeira, but let's not forgot that he's mortal, and that sooner or later someone is going to beat him. Of course, Teixeira probably won't be that guy. Instead, it will probably be someone with a build like Jones', who possesses a rangier kickboxing game and the kind of toughness only youth provides...

Yeah, I'm talking about Alexander Gustafsson, who came damn close to beating Jones when they first met, and who very well could smoke him in the rematch. Don't believe me? Then watch this video:

Victory V Primer: Champ Marcus Surin in Action


In just a couple days Victory Combat Sports will return to New York City, and headlining their event at Terminal 5 is lightweight champ Marcus Surin - a man considered to be one of the best 155-pound fighters competing within city limits.

With a purple belt under Cesar Pereira, Surin mixes submissions and strong wrestling to become the kind of threat that's the bane of every striker, and thus far no one has been able to dangerous on the ground.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ROC Champ Jenkins Jenkins Highlight Reel


If you had to bet on which Ring of Combat champ would be getting a shot in the UFC next, the smart money would be on featherweight king James Jenkins. Blending solid technique with next-level toughness, this Team Serra/Longo fighter has a special trait that both fans and promoters love: "slugfest mode", which is activated when Jenkins takes a hard hit to the head, and which more often than not ends with a thrilling finish and the Long Islander's arm raised in victory.

Flashback: Victory Combat Sports - 5.18.13


Victory Combat Sports returns to New York City for another amateur MMA show on Friday, and they're going back to their first venue - Terminal 5 on the West Side. In case you don't know, Terminal 5 is a multi-level nightclub, and when a cage is set up in the middle of the dancefloor, there are some unique views of the action within.

Here's a look back at that seminal May 18, 2013 show.

Monday, April 21, 2014

That Moment When You Realize You're Not Invincible


UFC 172 Primer: Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch Preview


On Saturday the UFC touches down in Baltimore, M.D. for the first time, and the event - UFC 172 - will see Jon Jones defend his belt against Glover Teixeira in the marquee bout. But also on the main card is former Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold taking on Tim Boetsch. Fun fact about Boetsch: he came up in the Northeast MMA circuit, and before making the leap up to the big leagues, ruled this area with an iron fist.

Check out this countdown video featuring him and Rockhold.

Cage Fury Fighting Championship 34: Main Shines, Santella Stumbles


Andy Main cinching up the triangle on Brian Kelleher
They say timing is everything, and never was that adage more true than at Saturday night's Cage Fury Fighting Championship 34 in Morristown, N.J. For main eventer Sean Santella - who's long been hailed as one of the top flyweight prospects coming out of the Northeast, and whose win streak and collection of belts would lend credence to that notion - the issue of timing was more about when he'd be able to make that inevitable leap into the UFC. For co-main eventer Andy Main, who's already had a run on TUF, and has lately been fighting in Pancrase in Japan, it was all about his timing in the cage.

Timing is that often elusive, often essential component to success - and on Saturday night, it was wrong for some and right for others.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Why Is This UFC Fighter Fighting Underground?


UFC on FOX 11 Primer: A Bunch of Preview Videos


UFC on FOX 11 is tomorrow night, and though I'll be cageside covering the Cage Fury Fighting Championships in Morristown, N.J. instead of watching what transpires in the Octagon, it doesn't mean I don't care. I do - and so should you! So here are a bunch of videos to get you motivated for Saturday night's UFC.

Cage Fury Fighting Championships 34 Primer: Brad Desir


He's traveled all over the world, both for the sake of the Marine Corps and Muay Thai, but New Yorker Bradley Desir does his best work closer to home - and at CFFC 34, he'll be going to work against the veteran Josh Key.

What you need to know about Desir is this:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: A Pic From the First UCL Event Ever


February 3, 2003. That was the date of the first ever Underground Combat League event, which I had to sneak into, take notes and pics of discreetly, and write about with idea that I might never get to see another one again.

In the above photo, promoter Peter Storm is fighting pro fighter Kaream Ellington in the main event. Eddy Rolon is the referee, and when Peter refused to tap to Kaream's kimura, his elbow popped and he had to leave to go to the emergency room.

Good times, I tell you. Good times.