Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Monday, November 24, 2008
- Lyman Good, an exciting welterweight/middleweight and star player for the Tiger Schulmann Mixed Martial Arts clan.
- Really, almost any other Team Tiger Schulmann fighter. TSMMA students turn out in droves to see their instructors fight.
- Dom Stanco, a heavy-handed lightweight from Bellmore Kickboxing who always has a decent-sized cheering section.
- Chris Schlesinger, a frenetic grappler from Bellmore Kickboxing. Schlesinger used to pack Reality Fighting shows with legions of fans.
- Al Buck, a lightweight scrapper. Tons of fans.
- Carlos Moreno, a heavyweight slugger who's been known to bring a crowd of supporters.
- Chris Liguori, a top New Jersey lightweight and ROC champ.
- Dante Rivera, a top New Jersey middleweight.
- Doug Gordon, a well-rounded welterweight who always seems to have people going nuts for him in the bleachers.
- Greg Soto, a welterweight grappler whose Combat in the Cage championship win nearly brought down the house.
- Jon Murphy, a heavyweight EliteXC veteran. When he knocked out Sherman Pendergarst at Extreme Challenge 75, women were unabashedly throwing their panties into the cage.
- Jose Rodriguez, a welterweight brawler and long-time New Jersey competitor.
- Steve DeAngelis, a featherweight BCX champ. Big cheering section.
- Kevin Roddy, a featherweight/lightweight grappling stud who is to the Jersey Shore what Barack Obama is to Illinois.
- Justin Garcia, a welterweight/middleweight jiu-jitsu beast who, if you can lure him back into MMA competition, brings tons of rabid fans.
For his January 13th show at the Tropicana Casino & Resort, Cox already has the aforementioned Alvarez headliner and popular welterweight Tom Gallicchio taking on Phil Baroni (maybe). It will be interesting to see who else ends up on that card and who winds up on the February 6th WCA show.
Friday, November 21, 2008
- Chris Liguori is battling in the cage against Cory Mahon. Liguori sports a tightly-buzzed bowl-cut hairstyle that looks to be throwing Mahon off his game.
- Ricardo Almeida is shouting instructions from Liguori's corner. My how times have changed. Eight years ago, Liguori was a member of Pitts Penn - a team of salty scrappers who wouldn't have hesitated to let the air out of the tires of Almeida's ten-speed bicycle. Now they're all friends.
- Liguori lands the bout-ending armbar. He's now the ROC lightweight champ, and he gets his pick of any one of the ring card girls.
- Dante Rivera squares off against Paul "Heebee-Jeebees" Bradley. Rivera is wearing a full-body condom.
- Bradley stuns Rivera with a hook and follows it up with a storm of punches on the ground. The referee steps in after 34 seconds. The ROC middleweight belt now belongs to someone who doesn't live in the Tri-State area. Boo.
- And I'm spent.
- Constantino Phillippou and John Doyle are up now. You can cut the tension in the air with a knife. Okay, not really. Everyone is cool.
- Phillippou via TKO in the third round. I think he must be Greek, as ecstatic fans showered him with feta cheese.
- Tim Troxell vs. Dave Sachs is up now. Wow. Either Troxell is having an "off" night, or Sachs is way better than I thought. The Pittsburgh Fight Club representative has got the AMA FC/Team Renzo stud on the defensive almost constantly.
- Sachs submits Troxell late in the second round. This is why I don't bet on fights. Well, that and I'm morally against gambling. Plus I don't have money.
- Dom Stanco with the KO at :40 of Round Two. Listen up, people: you cannot stand and trade with this guy. He will kill you.
- Joe Abouata is now 2-0 against big, scary black dudes. He needs to face people of other ethnic backgrounds, though, before I make any claims as to his potential.
- Jimmie Rivera and Jay McLean seemed to have an agreement before the bout to make things as difficult as possible for the judges when it went to the scorecards. It worked. Blatnik, who is judging and is sitting directly in front of me, actually wept when the final bell rang.
- Boy, this Igor Gracie fellow sure is good at jiu-jitsu.
- Jim Boudourakis needs to work on something other than just charging in with his head down. I think he might have been a bull in a past life.
- Nick Pace is one scary 135 pounder.
- Jay Isip's return bout ended with him getting rear naked choked by John Salgado. You know what? You can't help but like Isip - win or lose.
- The ring card girls seem to have more silicone than usual tonight. Just an observation.
- Rob Guarino's bout against Doug Sonier is off. Rhino Fight Team representative Sean Foreman is out with staph and shingles, so his bout against Greg Soto is off. Everything else is a go - including three badass title fights.
- The new NJSACB commissioner Aaron Davis is in attendance. He seems pretty relaxed. I don't think anyone has told him that, since this is his first ROC, he has to fight.
- All the usual suspects are here: jiu-jitsu legend Renzo Gracie, UFC fighter Pete "Drago" Sell, top-level trainer Ray Longo, Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnik, and pink anthropomorphic mountain lion Snagglepuss.
- Just kidding. Snagglepuss isn't here.
- The cafeteria selection included roasted chicken, mussels in some ungodly white sauce, a mystery fish, plain linguine and yellow rice.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- John Polakowski loves to hug people. Unfortunately, that hugging is the extent of his grappling ability.
- This week the "prank of the night" was eating all the marshmallows in Polakowski's box of Lucky Charms. What, were the housemates out of urine?
- A one-handed George Roop was able to defeat a healthy Polakowski. That's got to be embarrassing.
- The semifinal match-ups are announced, and the preview for the next episode shows Junie Browning engaging in more shenanigans. Oh joy! Do us all proud, Junie!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- Constantino Phillippou, from Team Serra/Longo, served 11 years in the French Foreign Legion. His nickname was "Constantino Phillippou".
- Rob Guarino, of the Rhino Fight Team, once shot a man in Reno - just to watch him die.
- Igor Gracie used to work for his uncle, Dr. Frankenstein Gracie, during summers. He eventually left that laboratory assistant position to pursue jiu-jitsu.
- Jim Boudourakis, of Redboy BJJ, had his last name legally shortened. It was originally "Boudourakis-Boudourakis-Rah-Rah-Rah, Boudourakis-Boudourakis-Rah-Rah-Rah". His parents met on the professional cheerleading circuit.
- Joe Abouata, of Alex Wilkie's Martial Arts Academy, defeated Carlton Haselrig at the last BCX. Haselrig's pelt now hangs above his mantelpiece.
- Team Tiger Schulmann's Nick Pace is actually comprised of the parts of various other lesser Team Tiger Schulmann fighters.
- Chris Liguori has a twin brother named Emmit Liguori, who favors spending time in libraries reading the classics and talking philosophy. Chris still beats him up regularly.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- King Stupid, of the World Complete Wrestling Association - A trademarked finishing hold called "Eat My Scepter" is what sets King Stupid apart from the rest, and his royal physique and legion of followers means he'd be in line for a shot at the UFC's heavyweight title (after a tune-up bout against someone along the lines of Josh Hendricks, of course).
- The Retard Kid, of the Alabama Wrasslin' Alliance - With a knack for eating folding folding chairs (literally) and drooling on audience members, the Retard Kid would give someone like Bobby Southworth or Renato Sobral fits and make a decent addition to Strikeforce's light-heavyweight division.
- Sal Monilla, of the Garden State Goomba League - Sal Monilla's ring entrances involve him tossing out handfuls of cooked pasta and raw chicken. Definitely an Adrenaline middleweight in the making.
- The Masked Burrito, of the Idiota Lucha Libre Administracion - No one knows what the Masked Burrito looks like. However, they most certainly know when he's eaten a fair amount of beans and guacamole. The UFC heavyweight division. No question.
- Madame Fajina, of the Glamorous Lesbians of Wrestling - A man-hater of epic proportions, Madame Fajina... Hey, wait a second...
- Captain Miniscule, of the International Midget Wrestling Organization - The name says it all. And if he wanted to, Captain Miniscule could give WEC champ Mike Brown a run for his money.
Monday, November 17, 2008
- Sometimes the UFC rewards a fighter for all his hard work. On Saturday night, Gabriel Gonzaga's reward was tomato can Josh Hendricks.
- I don't know what was scarier: Dustin Hazelett's flawless jiu-jitsu transitions, or his Amish "Wrath of an Angry Old Testament God" beard.
- Jeremy Stephens hit Rafael dos Anjos so hard, he changed Rafael's last name to "uno Anjos".
- Kenny Florian's fight with Joe Stevenson wasn't so much a fight as it was a rape. In fact, in his post-bout medical screening, the Nevada State Athletic Commission had Stevenson take a pregnancy test.
- Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Couture. A WWE wrestler is now the UFC Heavyweight Champ. Excuse me while I go cry in my morning oatmeal.
Friday, November 14, 2008
- Todd Beard likes to yell/ and make threats. Kim Couture likes/ restraining orders.
- Showtime is footing/ the bill for Affliction's next/ show. Boy, are they dumb.
- Dana White changes/ his mind on women fighting./ Benjamins, baby!
- Whoever wins the/ KenFlo-Stevenson bout gets/ to be killed by Penn.
- Randy Couture is/ apparently very old. / Has that ever mattered?
- According to those who saw advance copies, episode nine was supposed to feature Dave Kaplan and Tom Lawlor drinking each other's urine, but SpikeTV wisely edited that out for the broadcast. Accent on the word "wisely", folks.
- Kaplan wasn't lying when he said he couldn't be knocked out. However, he omitted the fact that he's narcoleptic. When Lawlor socked him on the jaw, Kaplan actually fell asleep. No lie.
- Every household item moved into Krzysztof Soszynski's room? Every plate and spoon and fork on the basketball court? Those are the lamest pranks ever. In my day, decent pranks ended with a body count. Damn kids...
- Not only does Frank Mir stink at soccer, but he stinks at losing too.
- After having to face the vastly more-experienced Ben Rothwell twice in the IFL, Soszynski has definitely earned a few easy fights. We'll mark off his TUF bout against Kyle Kingsbury as one of the easy ones.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
- Jeff Blatnik did a fantastic job answering every question regarding the safety of the sport. Someone should seriously be paying him for his work.
- Zuffa was freakin' brilliant in hiring Marc Ratner as their VP of Regulatory Affairs. His opinion and perspective carried a lot of weight, and you could see that in how the others in the room listened to him.
- Melvina Lathan and Edwin Torres of the NYSAC are very open to getting MMA into the state. They both come from extensive boxing backgrounds, but they had absolutely none of those boxing prejudices that have so long plagued the sport.
- When MMA gets regulated in New York, the athletic commission is going to hunt down and execute underground promoters like Darth Vader hunted down the last surviving Jedi.
- Assemblyman Steven Englebright ended things on a very positive note. If things go as planned, expect pro MMA in the state by the third or fourth quarter of 2009.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- Mr. Lesnar, you've accomplished a lot in the world of wrestling, and on Saturday you're facing a legend in the sport of MMA, so you definitely have a lot to be proud of. Is there anything about you you're not proud of? Well, there is, actually. All my life I've hated leprechauns.
- Leprechauns? Yeah. You know, those little Irish fellas who guard pots of gold at the end of rainbows? I hate 'em. Always have.
- I see. And have you ever acted on this hatred? Yeah, I have. I mean, well, some might say I've abused them.
- Abused? How so? Well, at first it was all verbal. Like, whenever I'd see them I'd put them down... make fun of their pointy shoes, things like that. But as time went by, I'd walk by and kick over their pots of gold. And lately, I've just been tackling them. They hate that. They hate getting their clothes messed up.
- That's very interesting. And where do you think this hatred stems from? I don't know, man. I just hate 'em.
- Okay. Are you at all worried that revealing this... behavior might adversely affect your fans' opinions of you? I don't know. I guess. But it's something I have to get off my chest. I mean, fans know me as this big hulk of guy who doesn't even remotely deserve a shot at the UFC belt - but really, I'm much more complex than that.
- Wow. Well, thanks for your time, Brock. No, thank you.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- Someone needs to let Jake Rosholt know that it's okay to duck and dodge and not get punched in the face. Seriously. The WEC does not have a "Got Punched in the Face A Lot" bonus.
- I can still remember when Jens Pulver was one of the most-feared strikers in the sport. I hate to say it, but he's getting old.
- I would be totally cool with never having to see Paulo Filho fight again. That dude simply did not want to be there, and after three rounds of watching him buttflop, not a soul on the planet wanted him to be in there either.
- Mike Brown took a page out of Seth Petruzelli's book and wrecked a big promotion's poster boy and their best laid plans. Urijah Faber should fight Kimbo Slice to earn his rematch.
- Fruit marinated in urine and sushi coated in man-chowder. Ugh. Why is it that whenever I hype an episode and tell all my friends to watch it, the gay stuff happens? Now everyone is avoiding me.
- Boiled duck fetuses? I guess for Phillipe Nover, fear is definitely not a factor.
- Junie Browning giving out tips on how to beat his teammate Dave Kaplan is only half of what he did. Although it wasn't shown, Browning also let the air out of the tires on Kaplan's dirt bike and ate his pillow.
- Nover hits very hard. So hard, in fact, that not only was Kaplan knocked silly enough to believe he was still the better fighter of the two afterwards, but coach Mir too was concussed into believing Kaplan was superior. I sincerely hope both Kaplan and Mir have since gotten MRIs and brain scans.