Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
The New York State Senate is expected to vote on - and pass - their half of the MMA bill today. Sadly, the Assembly continues to refuse to address the issue, and the clock on this legislative session is ticking in regards to their half of the bill.
That's the bad news. The good news re: New York is that Friday Night Fights - Justin Blair's long-running Manhattan-based kickboxing show - will be hosting an event on June 10th and two UFC veterans will be making their kickboxing debut. The Octagon alumni are Phillipe Nover and Brodie Farber. No, they won't be fighting each other, but they will be stepping into the ring and resisting to urge to take people down. The website for Friday Night Fights is www.fridaynightfights.com (crazy, huh?), so go there for more info.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Despite there being no UFC or Strikeforce offerings this weekend to be consumed by the masses, there are still quite a few bouts the seasoned MMA connoisseur should watch out for. And as a seasoned purveyor of fight info that exists on the edges of relevancy, MMA Journalist has made this nice list to help you keep track. You can thank me later.
- Tom Gallicchio vs. Chris Curtis, Xtreme Caged Combat – On Friday, M-1 Global “Selections” tournament winner Gallicchio treks on over to Philly for XCC’s latest. His opponent is some experienced dude from Ohio, but like a true playa, Gallicchio’s been around the world and should have no trouble choking him out. So stop hatin’.
- Jay Coleman vs. Sam Jackson, CFFC 8 – Coleman was a very promising ass kicker a few years ago, but fell off the radar when personal problems arose. Now he’s back and taking on a veteran fighter in Sam Jackson at CFFC 8 on Friday night, so the question is: does Coleman still have it?
- Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Kevin Horowitz, CFFC 8 – An intriguing match-up if there ever was one, Dugulubgov will be turning pro against a guy who can fight anywhere (although the one knock against Horowitz is his consistency). Dugulubgov looked very impressive in his brief amateur career, though, so the big question mark here is if he can be the next Al Iaquinta/Chris Wing/Liam Kerrigan/Nick Pace/etc.
- Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus, Bellator 45 – Tune into MTV2 for the Bellator season finale, and watch to see if lighter Freire brother can manage to do what his big brother could not (which is win). Straus is no Mike Chandler, so I think he can manage the “W” here.
- Christian M’Pumbu vs. Richard Hale, Bellator 45 – This bout could be awesome, or it could be a big pile of suck that clutters your television screen and keeps you from doing something worthwhile with your time (like finishing that novel or impregnating your wife). Both fighters are competent on the feet and on the ground, but they’re not amazing, so if they refuse to engage we’ll get a lot of dancing. Here’s hoping they engage.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
…When they join AMA Fight Club in New Jersey. With about twenty UFC fighters sparring there nightly, Mike Constantino is running one of the toughest, top-level gyms out there, and as the old adage goes, "steel sharpens steel" - which means Nunes and Varner are going to get pretty damn sharp soon. Here's a quote from AMA FC's press release: "AMA is very proud to announce that we have added Strikeforce fighter and #4 ranked fighter Amanda Nunes to our team! Amanda has a pro MMA record of 6-1 including six straight victories all by knockout!" As for Varner: "AMA would also like to welcome former WEC champion Jamie Varner. Jamie will be training at AMA over the next several months. We are happy to have Jamie here at AMA and we look forward to working with him!"
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Last night MMA lost one of its biggest proponents. Michael Tome, a.k.a. "Snake", wore many hats in the sport - as a promoter, he ran sanctioned shows on his reservation in Upstate New York, as a sponsor he helped out many fighters, and as a coach and trainer he ran a gym that was open to anyone free of charge (he wanted to keep kids of the streets). To know him was to know a real character, and though he looked like a cross between the Kurgan from "Highlander" and Magua from "Last of the Mohicans", he was cool as hell and always willing to help. Rest in peace, Snake. You will be missed.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
First, the good news: this weekend, Bellator touches down at Caeser’s Resort in Atlantic City. And now, the great news: the card features some pretty damn decent local talent. Yeah, middleweight champ Hector Lombard is taking on UFC vet Falaniko Vitale, and the lightweight tournament final between Patricky Freire and Michael Chandler promises blood splatters and death for everyone, but the meat and potatoes of the card is all about the Northeast fighters who’ve worked their way up to the Bellator stage. Let’s take a gander at them, shall we?
- Anthony Morrison – This Philadelphia native can box and he can wrestle, and last year he went from ROC champ to WEC competitor, so you can say Morrison has “been there and done that”. You can also say he’s going to kill bantamweight tournament washout Bryan Goldsby on Saturday night. All would be accurate.
- Sam Oropeza – Fight Factory exponent Oropeza has an interesting style. He’s got devastating kicks, and his wrestling (or anti-wrestling to be exact) means he’s usually going to stay on his feet long enough to land something. Oropeza should have his hands full with Giedrius Karavackas, though, who’s emerged as one of the tougher grapplers and beating-dispensers in the area.
- Jeff Lentz – Lentz may have fallen to some wannabe on TUF 12, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was a killer in the Northeast circuit. He’s taking on WEC, Strikeforce and Bellator vet Anthony Leone, who’s been on a bit of a downward slide of late, so watch for the Kurt Pellegrino-trained Lentz to smash and smash hard.
- Randy Smith – Smith is big. That is all.
- Jay Silva – His explosive striking got him into the UFC way too soon, and he got crushed by Bellator champ Lombard in six seconds last year, but Silva’s still very dangerous. At Bellator 44 he’s taking on Gemiyale Adkins – a short and stocky heavyweight who likes to bang – so my crystal ball is telling me “flying knee, flying knee, flying knee”.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Last night MMA Journalist went to a private screening of Kahleem Poole-Tejada and Sambo Steve's documentary "New York Mixed Martial Arts", which details the decline of the public's appetite for potato knishes. Psyche! The film is about New York MMA (duh) and the state's lack of sanctioning for our beloved sport, and it focuses on an amateur fighter named Brad Desir, a rally and a roundtable, and a ton of snippets from industry insiders. Hey, did you know Josh Barnett doesn't trust the government? Or that Gesias Cavalcante can speak pretty good English? I did not, but thanks to the documentary, now I do. Anyway, "New York Mixed Martial Arts" will be shown to the general public at the Bronx Week Film Festival on May 16 to 19, and it's worth checking out.
File this one under the heading "NOOOOOO!" Lyman Good, who was scheduled to fight Dan Hornbuckle at next weekend's Bellator 44 in Atlantic City, was injured in training and will be unable to fight. This turn of events sucks on many levels - and all those levels involved watching Good kick ass. Oh well, what can you do?