Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
- Either Yancy Medeiros is a stud, or Raul Castillo really, really, really needs to learn more than just jiu-jitsu. I'm thinking it's the latter.
- Tarec Saffiedine is one badass Belgian. And given the reputation of the Belgian peoples, he could very well be the only badass Belgian.
- Luke Rockhold smoked Paul Bradley like a cheap, poorly-rolled joint. That wasn't even competitive.
- Karl Amoussou is an exciting and skilled striker, but apparently the counter to superior striking is eye-gouging. He needs to learn to defend against that.
- Sarah Kaufman may be the Strikeforce 135-pound chick champ, but that belt means little until she faces Tara LaRosa.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Garden State welterweight stud and feared bounty hunter Tom Gallicchio is traveling north this weekend, venturing into Massachusetts to face highly-credentialed judoka Rick Hawn at World Championship Fighting 9. Consequently, it is widely expected that “Da Tank,” a.k.a. “The Wanderer,” a.k.a. “Boba Freakin’ Fett” will be adding another pelt to his grim collection. With solid wrestling, a strong submission game and over 15 bouts to his name, including convincing wins over the likes of Doug Gordon and Igor Gracie, Gallicchio has long been considered one of the most dangerous 170-pound fighters in the Northeast. Though Hawn sports an impressive judo resume that includes four national titles and a 2004 Olympic bid, his brand of pajama fighting will avail him naught when Gallicchio goes all “frozen in Carbonite” on his ass. Watch for the wall at Pellegrino MMA in Belmar to be adorned with Hawn’s hide after this weekend.
Monday, February 22, 2010
- I don’t understand it. It was an overseas fight, no one really had to worry about a legitimate post-fight drug test, and his opponent was a scrub. So why did Mirko CroCop look less than amazing?
- Keith Jardine sure does get knocked out well.
- I don’t know where this version of Georges Sotiropoulos came from, but he looked fantastic.
- See what happens when you stop feeding Michael Bisping tomato cans? He loses and whines about it.
- Someone please explain to me why Chris Lytle went through all those knockdown-drag-out stand-up wars when he could’ve been winning via submission the entire time. Please. Explain it.
- Stephan Bonnar and Krzysztof Soszynski… must… try… to… care…
- Cain Velasquez had a tougher time with Cheick Kongo than he did with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira? Lord, kill me now.
This was one of the best Ring of Combats in a while. Bellmore Kickboxing’s Ryan LaFlare can now be considered one of the Northeast’s best 170 pounders and should only be facing other top dogs – like Tom Gallicchio, Greg Soto and Matt Makowski. Edson Barboza’s KO of Nabih Barakat was frightening. Barboza has clearly come into MMA with a ton of a striking experience. And TSMMA’s Louis Gaudinot took out a really hot prospect in Tuan Pham, and he did it on the feet, which is where Pham is strongest. Looks like the only way to beat Gaudinot is via lay-and-pray, and it should only be a matter of time before that chink in his armor is sewn up.