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.

Victory Combat Sports 5 Poster


Observations From My Couch: TUF Nations Finale


  • When did Nordine Taleb turn into a modern day Travis Fulton? He fought on the TUF Nations Finale, then a couple hours later we watched him fight to get into the House for TUF 19. Dude, slow down!
  • Keep feeding Ryan Jimmo scrubs. I like watching him show off his karate.
  • Props to Leslie Smith for taking that fight on ultra-short notice, but damn did Sarah Kaufman beat her up.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Lyman Good on His TUF 19 Loss


The first episode of season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter aired tonight, and on it we saw former Bellator welterweight champ Lyman Good try - and fail - to gain entry into the TUF House by virtue of a decision loss to a superior wrestler.

The MMA Journalist caught up with Good and got his take on his experience on the show.

KJ Noons Damn Near Kills Sam Stout


However, Stout does slap a pretty sweet guillotine on the ref, so he has that going for him.

TUF Nations Finale Result: Ryan Jimmo's Reverse Punch


Ryan Jimmo's karate. It's what's for dinner.

TUF Nations Finale Primer: Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith


They clashed at Invicta FC 5, and in about two hours Sarah Kaufman and Leslie Smith will meet again - this time in the Octagon at the TUF Nations Finale. As their first bout ended in a close split decision, and Smith is about the 20th opponent Kaufman has been paired up with on this particular card (everyone else ended up injured), there's some compelling storyline here to get you interested.

But just in case you're not quite there yet, here's their first fight to whet your appetite.

Flashback: Aggressive Combat Championship - 9.28.13


Take a stroll down memory lane and visit the Aggressive Combat Championship's September, 2013 show, which took place at St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx.

Cage Fury Fighting Championship 34 Primer: Andy Main


Andy Main has been around the block once or twice.

In 2008, he was fighting as an amateur in Asylum Fight League. After that, he was honing his craft in Ring of Combat, then had a stint in TUF 12, fought locally a bit more, and most recently, has been flying to Japan to compete in the prestigious Pancrase organization.

But on Saturday night, New Jersey's prodigal son will step into the cage much closer to home - at Cage Fury Fighting Championship 34, where he'll take on fellow veteran Brian Kelleher. What should you expect from the heavy-handed, newly-minted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Bet You Didn't Know Referee Keith Peterson Used to Fight, Did You?


You've seen him referee UFC bouts, and you probably noted him for his tattoos and thought that he'd either played in a hardcore band at CBGB's or killed people in the mosh pit. But what you likely didn't know about Keith Peterson is that he used to fight.

TUF Nations Finale Primer: Michael Bisping as Lovable as Ever


The TUF Nations Finale is on Wednesday, and in case you were wondering, yes, in the lead-up to the card, main eventer Michael Bisping has remained as lovable as ever. In fact, at today's media day event for the show, the mouthy Brit got in the face of opponent Tim Kennedy and... I don't know, probably said a lot of things that were incoherent because of his accent. But the message was clear!

Cage Fury Fighting Championship 34 Primer: Sean Santella


Of all the fighters in the Northeast, none can boast the same upward trajectory of Sean Santella, Cage Fury Fighting Championship's flyweight king. Blending laser-precise jiu-jitsu with some of the best scrambles in the business, "Shorty Rock" has been in a steady climb for years, and on Saturday - at CFFC 34 in Morristown, N.J. - he'll step into the cage once more, defending his belt and most likely proving yet again that he's the boss at 125 pounds.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Flashback: Underground Combat League - 1.29.13


For almost 10 years, the only option New York City MMA fans had for catching live fights locally was a little semi-secret organization called the Underground Combat League. Yes, some of the fighters sucked, there were zero safety precautions taken, and the venues were straight out of the movie Fight Club, but there's an undeniable charm to see clandestine fistfights, and in that regard, the UCL was - and still is - king.

There's an MMA Show in Brooklyn on Saturday - You Going?


There's an MMA/Muay Thai show in Brooklyn on Saturday called Take It To The Top 3, and sadly, because it's the same night as the Cage Fury Fighting Championship event in Morristown, N.J., I'm going to miss it. But I found this video preview for their second event (which I missed because for some reason these shows are closely-guarded secrets or something), and after watching the vid, I feel like I know what's in store for those who show up.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong


Back in the day the Gracies used to go from martial arts school to martial arts school, challenging folks to prove that their particular style of jiu-jitsu was better suited for a fight than whatever kind of karate of Tae Kwon Do was being taught there. But thanks to the UFC and the popularity of MMA, that's kind of a dangerous thing to do nowadays, as more people are training for "real" than ever before.

But hey, if you really want to strut into a school and throw down, don't let that fact stop you.

It didn't stop this guy.

Poster for Aggressive Combat Championship 6


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Should This Fight Have Been Stopped?


At last night's RFA 14 event in Wyoming - an event that was broadcast live on AXS-TV - Matt Manzanares took on Junior Maranhao in the main event. A flyweight belt was on the line, so the bout was scheduled for five rounds, yet in between Rounds 4 and 5, Maranhao blacked out and fell off his stool. Was the bout stopped by either the commission or the cornermen? Nope. It was not. Maranhao was propped back up and sent out for the fifth round, and he went on to lose the decision.

Take a look at the gif after the jump.

Big Nog Needs to Big Retire


Yesterday's UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi had plenty of excitement for the discerning fight fan, but it also had a pretty sad ending. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - the beloved Brazilian legend who's pretty much fought everywhere against everyone - got utterly smashed by Roy Nelson.

Flashback: Aggressive Combat Championship - 5.11.13


Relive the glory that is the Aggressive Combat Championship's May, 2012 show, which took place at St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Are You Watching Bellator Tonight? Or This?


(If you choose this over Bellator, you're a clown.)