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Posts from — July 2010

And Chael Sonnen’s charm starts to wear thin

But not as thin as everything middleweight champ Anderson Silva does, says, breathes. Come UFC 117 I’m hoping Chael Sonnen delivers on his tough talk.

July 28, 2010   No Comments

Dan Hardy starts to charm

Hated him before his fight with Georges St. Pierre. Have warmed up to him considerably since. Like the attitude, the smart talk, the tattooed girlfriend, Elizabeth Holloway.

July 28, 2010   No Comments

Video: inside the Last Emperor’s training palace

I was always under the impression that Fedor Emelianenko lives a bit of a monk’s life in the wilderness of Russia and trains like Rocky from Rocky IV, chopping wood and running in hip-deep snow. Turns out Fedor is more like Ivan Drago, as this video of his gym, the subtly named Palace of Sport, in his hometown of Stary Oskol, Russia, shows.

July 28, 2010   No Comments

Sarah Kaufman rampage’s through Roxanne Modaferri

It was a solid technical fight – crisp striking from Sarah Kaufman, solid grappling from Roxanne Modaferri, dirty boxing from both – until the last 15 seconds of the third round. That’s when the undefeated Strikeforce women’s 135-pound champ finished her opponent in dramatic, spectacular, bone-jarring fashion, pancaking her to the canvas and into unconsciousness.

It’s one of the most incredible ends to a women’s bout ever and the kind of highlight reel finish you expect in men’s MMA (or possibly from a Cris “Cyborg” Santos fight). Simply put: that was one hell of a power slam. Bombs-a-way!

Kaufman had complained about being stuck on a Strikeforce Challengers card for four consecutive fights and made it clear she intended to use this fight to make a point – that she deserved (and rightly so) to be on the roster for a Strikeforce regular card. Consider the point made.

Taking a more macro view, it’s also a finish that will silence some of the naysayers and help further entrench women’s MMA into the mainstream. Let’s not underestimate its significance in this regard. Women’s MMA needs great fighters, great personalities and great fights to become more accepted. Knocking out Modaferri should make the rest of the MMA world wake up.

July 24, 2010   No Comments

Cornrowed Sarah Kaufman and Roxanne Modaferri fight for respect

It’s bullshit that tonight’s women’s 135-pound title fight between champ Sarah Kaufman and Roxanne Modaferri has been stuck in tonight’s Strikeforce: Challengers ghetto. Sure, it’s the co-main event, but these are two of the toughest, scrappiest fighters – male or female – in all of MMA, fighting for a belt. This deserves to be on a regular Strikeforce card, not this Grapefruit League event. And I have to agree with Kaufman and Cage Potato that it appears the only way to be successful in women’s MMA is to look like a Maxim model (like Gina Carano) or smash every opponent Hulk-style (like Cris “Cyborg” Santos). I guess having the hair style of Bo Derek without the cheekbones just isn’t enough. And for the record, my money’s on Kaufman.

July 23, 2010   3 Comments

Can Ricardo Almeida finally put Matt Hughes out of my misery?

July 23, 2010   No Comments

There’s no cure for Tito Ortiz

You knew he wasn’t going to just go away. Like herpes, we’re stuck with Tito Ortiz. And while I fully expected him to fight again, I’d have put money on him facing Chuck Liddell for a third time, or maybe a rubber match with Forrest Griffin. Not Matt Hamill.

Turns out the two will square off on an already fairly stacked UFC 121 card on October 23 that includes Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago, Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann, Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor, Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, Todd Duffee vs. Jon Madsen, Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor and Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen.

July 22, 2010   No Comments

Randy Couture and Terry Crews hype The Expendables

Have to admit I’m very psyched for The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone’s R-rated ’80s-style men-on-a-mission movie that only sees Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme missing in action. It opens August 13.

July 21, 2010   No Comments

Rampage vs. Machida set for November 20

Just to get this on the record: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will to face Lyoto Machida at a UFC event on November 20. Exactly the match-up I (and many others) have been expecting since Machida officially lost the light heavyweight belt to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rampage lost to Rashad Evans. There’s a lot of potential in the match-up. Definitely a clash of styles. Will Rampage get picked apart by Machida’s precision? Will Machida be able to hold off Rampage’s aggression and brute strength? I’ll dig into this a bit more once we get closer to the event.

July 21, 2010   No Comments

Diego Sanchez needs more than cartwheels to get his career back on track

Diego Sanchez needs some help and even Tony Robbins/Yes power might not be enough. BJ Penn threw him like a discarded orange peel out of the lightweight division, he split with coach Saulo Ribeiro, who was absent when a noticeably soft and unfocused (i.e. he wasn’t frothing at the mouth and screaming “Yes!”) Sanchez lost to John Hathaway in a welterweight bout at UFC 107, and now he’s set to face a very focused and determined Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 in October. That’s the same card that will see Brock Lesnar defend his heavyweight belt against Cain Velasquez and Jake Shields make his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann.

Basically, Sanchez, whose mental state walks a tightrope over Crazytown at the best of times, appears to be in a shambles, adrift, (unhinged?). He’s definitely searching for something. He’s back in his native New Mexico after moving to San Diego to train under Ribeiro. Who knows, maybe he’ll find a way back into old coach Greg Jackson’s good graces.

July 21, 2010   No Comments

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