Thursday, April 1, 2010

M-1 Global: "Selection" Preview

M-1 Global touches down at Bally’s in Atlantic City this Saturday for the opening round of some sort of international tournament, or maybe this is to determine who represents the United States in a grand M-1 Global event.  Who knows, and really, who cares?  The bottom line is the roster is full of bangers.  Not the best guys around, but definitely guys who come to throw down.  It’s a list that includes:

    • Rami Ibrahim, a Muay Thai master making his MMA debut;
    • Plinio Cruz, a Gold Team Fighters striker;
    • Mervin Rodriguez, a gritty Rhino Fight Team rep;
    • Kevin Roddy, a Pellegrino MMA submission stud;
    • Mike Geurin, a wrestler-turned-Bombsquad hitman; and,
    • John Salgado, a Carmine Zocchi-trained human action figure who will stomp on your head if you try to armbar him.

Throw in some smoking-hot prospects like Sedico Honorio, Renato Migliaccio and Pat Audinwood, and you certainly have reason to check this event out.  And if you can’t make it, look for MMA Journalist to do some liveblogging.

Observations from My Couch: UFC Fight Night "Rotten Sushi"

    • Sure Ross Pearson looked sharp and crisp in his battle against Dennis Siver, but how were his teeth?  He is a Brit, after all.
    • Jorge Rivera beat Nate “The Rock” Quarry so bad, Quarry’s new nickname is “The Rubble”.
    • Caol Uno was awesome when he first came to the UFC – in 2001.  Watching him fight now is like watching the teenage daughter of the owner of the Japanese restaurant down the street getting mugged in an alley.
    • Roy Nelson is one of the most solid (heh) and legitimate fighters to ever come out of the TUF House.
    • Takanori Gomi was a badass years ago, but getting out-struck and out-grappled they way he did by Kenny Florian doesn’t mean Florian is a stud as much as it means Gomi’s expiration date has passed.  Seriously, after that bout, I bet the cage smelled like rotten sushi.