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Posts from — June 2010

Vuvuzelas banned by UFC, poor judging still the norm though

I’ve been paying a lot more attention to the World Cup in South Africa than I have anything in the MMA world, and I’ve gotten used to the buzzing of the vuvuzelas during games. It’s gone from annoying to sort of comforting. Seems UFC prez Dana White doesn’t share my opinion, as he’s banned the plastic trumpet from Saturday’s UFC 116 featuring heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and interim champ Shane Carwin. Perhaps we could just get Jeremy Horn to scream at the top of his lungs instead.

June 30, 2010   No Comments

She’s not called a Cyborg for nothing

Is there anyone who can beat Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos? Short of the Toronto riot squad, I mean. Give Cyborg’s target for the night, Jan “Snuggles” Finney, credit, though, she took a licking and kept on ticking. Some wonder why the fight wasn’t called sooner than the second round, like in the first round when Finney was getting knocked down four times and beaten upon. Or when she took that huge knee to the face that dropped her again. And the reason is because Finney was still intelligently – if feebly – defending herself; she even landed her strongest shots in the opening seconds of the second round. The referee stepped in when she needed to. Any sooner would have done Finney a disservice.

And since the Cyborg-Finney fight isn’t available online, here’s last week’s Bellator bout between Zoila Frausto and Rosi Sexton, which also contained a devastating – and fight-ending – knee.

June 28, 2010   1 Comment

Imagining Fedor v 2.0

In his post-Fedor loss piece, “Showdown” Joe Ferraro floats a couple of enticing scenarios. First, he suggests that the UFC may try to woo back Fabricio Werdum, who was cut after his UFC 90 loss to Junior dos Santos, and that it may lead to them trying one last time to sign Fedor Emelianenko, as well.

Don’t hold your breath that the inevitable Fedor-Werdum rematch will happen inside the octagon, but it is exciting to think about, as is the prospect of Fedor in the UFC tangling with the 265-pound monsters in the heavyweight division. On that point, Showdown ponders a Fedor v2.0 that trims the fat and drops to light heavyweight. Imagine that for a second: a 205-pound Fedor Emelienenko. Think of the match-ups that could result, against Randy Couture, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Anderson Silva… the mind boggles.

June 28, 2010   No Comments

Loss or not, Fedor Emelianenko is still the greatest of all time

The headlines wrote themselves following Fedor Emelianenko’s loss to Fabricio Werdum at Saturday’s Strikeforce event. Some variation on the Last Emperor being dethroned, his reign ending. Melodramatic stuff, to say the least.

Now, two days later the dust has settled a bit and the shock of seeing the greatest fighter in MMA history beaten so easily has dissipated. Fedor suffered the first true loss in his legendary 10-year, 35-fight career.

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June 28, 2010   No Comments

Chuck Liddell’s Way of the Bris, er, Brisk

I originally thought this Brisk mock-commercial would’ve been a lot funnier prior to Chuck Liddell’s recent knockout loss to Rich Franklin. But the last 10 seconds are definitely funnier now. Makes me wish Tiny Chuck had his own web series.

June 21, 2010   No Comments

Anderson Silva trains with Steven Seagal; Chael Sonnen puts in emergency call to Chuck Norris

Chael Sonnen doesn’t stand a chance in hell against Anderson Silva at UFC 117, especially now that the middleweight champ is training with Steven Seagal.

Laugh all you want – and Seagal’s girth certainly makes it easy to do so – but the direct-to-video action star is a legitimate aikido master (just check out his first and best movie, Above the Law, for some serious joint-popping, bone-breaking action). Admittedly, I have a soft spot for Seagal, having trained in aikido for many years until moving on to Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu, and I still use some of the leverage and joint-lock techniques when I roll to help me get out of tricky situations.

As for this video of Seagal and Silva training at Black House, in all likelihood Silva was just looking to experience a different martial art, much as Bruce Lee experimented in the creation of his Jeet Kune Do, which I also dabbled in for a time. Still, it would be cool if Silva pulled off an aikido move against Chonnen. And who knows, given the way he tends to clown his opponents I wouldn’t be surprised if he did try out a Seagal impression at some point in the bout.

June 20, 2010   No Comments

The Matt Hamill movie… coming someday to a late night cable channel near you

My primary interest in tonight’s TUF Finale card is the main event, Keith Jardine vs. Matt Hamill. I didn’t watch the last few episodes of The Ultimate Fighter. I know, blasphemy, right? But inevitably the Tito Ortiz saga sucked my will to tune in, even though by most accounts the fights were relatively decent and the drunken housemate bullshit was kept to a minimum.

Still, I’m looking forward to the card because 1) most of the fighters need a win if they ever want to see the inside of the octagon again (Techno Viking included), so a lot of leather will likely be thrown, and 2) it’s free.

BTW, here’s the trailer for the movie about Hamill, called – surprise, surprise – Hamill. It’s got a very TV movie-of-the-week sports inspirational feel to it and focuses almost entirely on Hamill’s days as a collegiate wrestler. Nary a shot of MMA in the entire thing, which means they are definitely aiming this toward… who? Red Staters in the middle of the U.S. who know wrestling?

HAMILL – Official Teaser from Hamill the Movie on Vimeo.

June 19, 2010   No Comments

Cyborg Santos serves up Strikeforce snack food

Wednesday’s Strikeforce card in Los Angeles was merely an appetizer for June 26’s Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum main course. But coming between a pair of UFC events (and a WEC card) made it feel even more like pigs-in-a-blanket.

Here’s the Fight of the Night, in my opinion, and it clearly shows that DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix champ Marius Zaromskis needs more than a killer head kick to be competitive. As a side note, it’s crazy how easily Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos was lifted in victory by his bride, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.

June 17, 2010   No Comments

Gina Carano goes Haywire

While Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos gets set to face Jan Finney at June 26’s Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum, the woman she beat to earn the women’s featherweight belt, Gina Carano, has been conspicuously absent from the cage.

Well, her Hollywood dalliance, the Steve Soderberg-directed action thriller Haywire (formerly the too-on-the-nose Knockout), has begun preview screenings. And the advance word is good. Very good:

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June 17, 2010   No Comments

What did you make of UFC 115? Better than expected? Worse? About right?

Chuck Liddell will be back. Yes, UFC prez and Liddell’s pal Dana White says he’s finished in the UFC, that he’ll never step inside the octagon as a fighter again, but I don’t believe it.

Sure, Liddell looked bad against Rich Franklin at Saturday’s UFC 115. Horrible in fact. I know everybody’s saying how great he looked – and physically he did have a great beach body – but he was slow and awkward, his timing was off, he didn’t look sharp, whether due to age or time off Dancing with the Stars or that hesitancy that creeps in when a fighter’s been rocked a few times the way Liddell was in his two previous fights. And he got tagged quite a few times before Rich Franklin finally put him down with a right hook with five seconds left in the opening round. And that was by a Franklin who broke his left arm deflecting a Liddell kick earlier in the round, not that anyone could tell.

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June 13, 2010   1 Comment

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