Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
- The UFC is/ planning to open gyms now. Please, /God, just kill me now.
- Hermes Franca is/ out of his UFN bout./ He feared Lauzon's ears.
- Affliction's payroll / was so huge, they now need a/ government bailout.
- Fedor barely trained/ for his Affliction bout. Sucks/ to be Arlovski!
- Amir Sadollah/ is injured again. I guess/ he ain't that TUF, huh?
- Jen Pulver thinking/ of retiring? Don't do it,/ Jens. You're still the man.
Monday, January 26, 2009
- Jose Aldo is emerging as top contender and all around bad dude in the featherweight division. No offense to Rolando Perez, but Aldo deserves a step up in competition.
- Danillo Villefort looked good, but whenever I see WEC welterweights in the cage I can't help but think they're all disappointed they're not in the UFC.
- I hated seeing Jens Pulver lose like that. Is he still relevant? Of course he is. Who else is the WEC going to feed to their 145 pounders to make them look good?
- Urijah Faber. Meh.
- There is nothing more disconcerting than a fighter twisting his own nipples off right before a bout. Thank you, Donald Cerrone, for making me grossed out.
- Jamie Varner. Still the best lightweight out there not good enough for the Octagon.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
- Bobby Green really, really, really hates nuts. Like, really.
- Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Living proof that judo's submission game has only a third of the calories of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, yet with just as much flavor.
- Vitor Belfort didn't just knock Matt Lindland the heck out, he knocked Lindland back into infanthood. For a while there I thought the ringside physicians were going to have to change "The Law's" diaper and give him a pacifier.
- Gilbert Yvel proved he sure could take a beating. Josh Barnett proved he sure could dish one out.
- There are other more spectacular ways Andrei Arlovski could have lost to Fedor. I cannot, however, think of a single one of them.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
- Jason High, who squares off against Jay Hieron on the main card, will face extra scrutiny from the California State Athletic Commission - especially when it comes to his urine sample. Because, you know, his last name is...
- Matt Lindland will, at some point, try to dry hump Vitor Belfort.
- Renato "Babalu" Sobral and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will pause during their bout, look around at the production, venue and crowd, and sigh in unison over the fact that they're not good enough for the UFC.
- Gilbert Yvel will, without fail, try to cheat.
- Josh Barnett will, without fail, kill him for it.
- In the main event, the man from the former socialist republic will win.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5 - 6/23/2007 - Dante Rivera and Alexis Aquino had a nice, heated battle on the Kimbo Slice/Ray Mercer under card, and if you know Aquino, you know the guy fights with clenched teeth and a heart full of rage. Things took a dramatic turn after the bout, though, when a victorious Rivera gave Aquino's coach the push-face. In the blink of an eye, the cage filled up with members of Rhino Fight Team and Ricardo Almeida's team, and the ensuing Mexican standoff was reminiscent of that scene in "Braveheart" where the two armies meet and lots of people get hacked to pieces. Fatalities: zero.
- Ring of Combat 6 - 4/24/2004 - Fight Factory rising star Eddie Alvarez met up with Pitts Penn badboy Adam Fearon at the Rexplex Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey in an event headlined by a rematch between Chris Liguori and Pete "Drago" Sell. The Philadelphia slugger needed about two minutes to force Fearon to tap out from strikes. However, their respective Fight Factory and Pitts Penn supporters needed slightly more time when the groups clashed in the parking lot after the show. I think someone got smoked by a car, which just proves that whoever brings a motor vehicle to a street tussle wins. Fatalities: zero, but I'm pretty sure getting run over sucks.
- Reality Fighting 7 - 10/16/2004 - Alvarez has tons of fans. So, too, does Chris Schlesinger, and when the two met for the RF 7 main event, those fans were straddling the edge of sanity from the get-go. It was all over between Alvarez and Schlesinger in about a minute, but outside the ring Schlesinger's supporters started going bananas, and one thrown chair later saw security laying down a beating. It was... pretty entertaining. Fatalities: zero, although someone's shirt got ripped and their cigar got stomped.
- UFC 45 - 11/21/2003 - David "Tank" Abbott and Wesley "Cabbage" Correira are just two dudes who like to scrap. Unfortunately, when their bout ended a little over two minutes into the first round, the action continued in the Octagon with both Tank and Cabbage's camp throwing kicks and punches and water bottles at each other. This brawl owns a special place in my heart because it's the only time I've ever seen an audience member brazenly climb into the cage, punch Tank Abbott, pat Cabbage on the shoulder, and escape anonymously into the audience. Credit goes to the Mohegan Sun Casino security for allowing that to happen. Fatalities: only the Mohegan Sun security team's credibility.
- Mass Destruction 3 - 8/4/2001 - Nuri Shakir and John Frankl were engaged in a hotly-contested war when someone threw a chair and a brawl broke out in audience. All eyes turned to watch the throwdown in the crowd, and even Shakir and Frankl (who were clinched against the ropes) stopped to watch. When the brawl was over, the fight in the ring was restarted. Now that's an MMA show! Fatalities: none. Yet.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
- Marcus Davis and Chris Lytle sold their MMA souls for a $40,000 bonus. Please, someone - anyone - submit them. They need to be reminded which sport they're competing in.
- Tom Egan? Really? That's the best Ireland has to offer?
- Denis Kang is now a card-carrying member of the League of Pride Fighters Who Crapped Out in the Octagon. His membership entitles him to 15% off at the UFC's online merchandise store, plus there are semi-annual brunches at CroCop's house.
- It's good to see that former UFC champ Murilo Bustamante has found work within MMA, even if it's just as an interpreter.
- Mark Coleman looked like a shadow of his old self. Shogun looked like what that shadow leaves behind when it goes to the bathroom.
- A headbutt and an eye gouge. I guess Dan Henderson's Krav Maga training is coming along well.
Friday, January 16, 2009
- A takedown will, at some point, be attempted in the Mark Coleman/Mauricio "Shogun" Rua match-up. Yeah, that's a given.
- As a devout Christian, Rich Franklin is bound to mention God if he wins. As a Native American heathen savage, Dan Henderson's victory speech will mention Great Spirit.
- Rousimar Palhares will be kept in a cage in the locker room before his bout, and regardless of whether or not he wins or loses, he will return to that same cage afterwards. Because, you know, he's well-trained (poo-flinging aside).
- If, by the third round, it seems that Marcus Davis and Chris Lytle's "Fight of the Night" bonus is in jeopardy, the two have agreed to simply just charge each other and butt heads like rams. This will end up happening, and the true loser of the event will be the janitor who has to clean that mess up.
- Someone in the audience will get drunk. And throw up. Hey, it is Dublin after all.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- In 2004, Reilly sponsored a bill to ban crocodiles, citing them as "nefarious, untrustable creatures who eat my luggage".
- Also in 2004, Reilly sought to allow Westchester County to secede from New York State and the United States, effectively making it a country.
- In 2006, Reilly tried to ban the exclamation point. According to Grammar Committee minutes, he believed the exclamation point to be "too violent". His proposal involved replacing it with a smiley-face emoticon.
- In 2007, Reilly attempted to knight a constituent. This involved attacking the constituent with a sword.
From his history, it's clear that MMA could very well remain banned in New York State. Um, not.
- In the build-up to the main event, Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin have played up the fact that they're indifferent toward each other. In fact, they've never met, and for years Franklin thought Henderson was Matt Lindland.
- Mark Coleman and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua are rematching after their Pride fight ended with Shogun badly dislocating his elbow. Their respective corners will also be rematching afterwards backstage, with someone standing on Wanderlei Silva's neck and Silva threatening to beat up Phil Baroni, Quinton Jackson and anyone else nearby.
- Denis Kang is really a future version of Doctor Doom. He's here in this timeline thanks to a time machine.
- Rousimar Palhares was raised in the jungles of the Amazon by a clan of uacari monkeys.
- Marcus Davis and Chris Lytle have a gentleman's agreement to only punch each other in the face until they're concussed and brain damaged.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Quinton Jackson Pleads Guilty to "Driving While a Minority"; Will Receive Nightstick Beating at Later Date
Thursday, January 8, 2009
To Whom It May Concern:
I have the best wishes in mind for the entire mixed martial arts community for the new year.
I have great hopes for the continued growth of the sport in my home state of New York and nationwide.
With that in mind, I must announce that I will no longer permit contestants to compete in my event (Ring of Combat) if they still choose to compete in unregulated, unsanctioned or illegal events. For example, if a contestant chooses to compete in a UCL event, they will no longer be welcome to compete on future events that I promote.
There is no valid reason for a contestant to compete in an unsafe and unregulated atmosphere. Those who choose to do so are not acting in the best interests of the future growth and acceptance of this sport.
This policy will go into effect as of the date of this writing.
Promoter, Ring of Combat