Posts from — May 2009
UPDATE: Here’s the clip!
Here’s a link to the Jose Canseco vs. Hong Man Choi fight from Dream that I wrote about last week. Sadly, the commentary is more entertaining than the actual bout.
May 26, 2009 No Comments
Andre “Dida” Amado’s absence around Toronto BJJ the last couple of weeks has nothing to do with the Brazilian knockout specialist’s loss last month to Muay Thai legend Buakaw Por Pramuk at a K-1 World Max kickboxing event in Japan. No, Dida (6-3-1) hasn’t been licking his wounds (if you saw the fight, you probably noticed the beating Dida put on Buakaw in the opening round before gassing in the later going; if you haven’t seen it, check out the first round, embedded below). He’s actually back in Brazil training for return to the ring at Dream 10 against DEEP champion Katsunori Kikuno (according to a report on Tatame.com).
The event is scheduled for July 20 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Dida, as everyone around TBJJ calls him, is the former Chute Boxe prodigy and teammate of brothers Mauricio and Murilo Rua at their Universidade Da Luta camp. He’ll be looking to bounce back from two consecutive MMA losses at the hands of top lightweight fighters Eddie Alvarez and Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante. The Brazilian had been undefeated in his past seven contests, including a September 2007 decision win over Caol Uno and a March 2007 TKO win over Hiroyuki Takaya.
Dida will be in San Diego for the next couple of months to train at the University of Jiu-Jitsu under six-time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and two- time ADCC champion Saulo Ribeiro and his brother Xande, the current open weight wold champ. (If you’re looking for the connection between Dida and the Ribeiros, TBJJ is a member of the Ribeiro jiu-jitsu family and its head instructor, Jorge Britto, is a black belt student under Saulo Ribeiro, who comes to teach at the Toronto club several times each year.)
Here are some of Dida’s thoughts on training at the University of Jiu-Jitsu, according to Tatame: “Kikuno is from wrestling, then I’ll be well advised at Saulo’s academy. I’ll never run away from my game, I’ll always go ahead and look for the knockout, but if the fight goes to the ground I will be well-prepared, because I’ll train with the best.” Check out the Tatame story for Dida’s thoughts on his loss to Buakaw as well as a possible rematch.
As for Dida’s Dream opponent, Kikuno is 11-1-1 in his career and has won his last eight straight bouts. Like Dida, he’s got knockout power, with six of his eleven victories either coming by way of knockout or TKO.
Also on the Dream card are lightweight champ Joachim Hansen vs. grappling phenom Shinya Aoki for the belt and occasional TBJJ drop-in Andre Galvao vs. Jason High.
May 26, 2009 No Comments
Gina Carano continues to grab headlines despite not having fought since last October. MMA’s hottest free agent has made Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list, coming in at number 16, alongside Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry and Sports Illustrated swimsuit magazine covergirl Marisa Miller. Whether or not she’s good or bad for women’s MMA – many of her fellow female fighters believe Carano’s pin-up appeal makes it hard for them to be taken seriously as fighters, and I have to admit they have a point – there’s no doubt that she brings mainstream attention to the sport. Although I do wonder whether the MMA fighter/American Gladiator with ring-girl sex appeal wants to be taken seriously as a fighter, or whether she sees MMA as just a stepping stone to a Hollywood career…
In more serious MMA news, Carano has been talking with the WEC as well as Strikeforce and the word is we’ll see her square off with Cris “Cyborg” Santos down the road.
And if you think women can’t fight, check out this three-round war between Sarah Kaufman and Miesha Tate from Strikeforce Challengers two weeks ago. Kaufman, a native of Victoria, BC, scored the decision victory and improved her record to a perfect 9-0.
May 22, 2009 1 Comment
Jose Canseco – former Major League Baseball MVP, Godfather of Steroids, Surreal Life reject and best-selling author (yup, I’m as surprised as you to learn the meat monkey can even read) – will make his MMA debut in the opening round of Dream’s open-weight “Super Hulk” tournament.
Four quarter-final bouts are slated for Dream 9 on May 26 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, pitting fighters of all shapes and sizes against one another.
The opening round of the Super Hulk draw will see middleweight Ikuhisa Minowa play David to Bob Sapp’s Goliath; Pride Fighting Championships and UFC veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will face K-1 veteran Jan Nortje; former Dream middleweight titleholder Gerard Mousasi will meet 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt; and 44-year-old ex-slugger Canseco will slug it out with 7-foot-2 South Korean kickboxer Hong Man Choi. Choi, a flailing 330-pound freakshow, is best-known for an entertaining (ahem) battle with Fedor Emelianenko.
Canseco claims to be a longtime student of the martial arts (in a Johnny Drama kind of way, I’m sure). But according to Frank Trigg, who laughed off Canseco’s request to help him prepare for the fight, Canseco’s training has consisted of nothing more than “running on a treadmill.” Not that Canseco has never fought: Former NFL player Vai Sikahema defeated him with a first-round knockout in a celebrity boxing match, and former child actor and reality-TV star Danny Bonaduce (who gave up approximately 100 pounds to his opponent) fought Canseco to a majority draw a year ago.
Canseco’s best strategy against Hong Man Choi is to go back on the ‘roids and bring a baseball bat into the ring. And you though Kimbo was bad for the sport.
May 22, 2009 No Comments
Meanwhile, I’m still trying to figure out how to lock in a decent armbar!
May 12, 2009 No Comments
Now we know why the Muscle Shark tested positive for steroids a couple years ago. How else do you get through a workout like this twice a week? This video shows Sean Sherk getting ready for his lightweight matchup with Frankie Edgar at UFC 98 on May 23. Check out the gas mask he wears around the 5:30 mark. Wanderlei Silva does something similar. Oh, and the music’ll make your ears bleed, so I suggest muting it.
May 11, 2009 1 Comment
Exhibition or not this is one of the most entertaining rounds in a long time. World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champ (and sometimes disputed) best pound-for-pound fighter Fedor Emelianenko tossed around WAMMA lightweight champ, grappling phenom and ex-cop Shinya Aoki during a M1 Challenge Japan event on April 29.
Check out the flying armbar the 155-pounder attempts at around the 3:35 mark. Both fighters are clearly having a good time and so’s the crowd. Too bad the UFC doesn’t get creative like this. I mean, Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg can really only fill so much airtime between bouts with their hyperbolic rambling. Who would you like to see square off Fedor/Aoki-style? How about Brock Lesnar and BJ Penn?
May 11, 2009 No Comments