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Posts from — December 2010

Happy New Year from Japan

It’s just not the end of a year without a little bit of insanity courtesy of Japan. Here, Dynamite offers us the 19-second destruction of former UFC prospect Todd Duffee at the hands and knees of Alistair Overeem, Marius Zaromskis ripping the ear off Kazushi Sakuraba and Shinya Aoki getting his comeuppance from Yuichiro Nagashima in a mixed-rules bout (first round kickboxing only, second round MMA) that saw Aoki try flying axe kicks and WWE-esque dropkicks just to survive to a round that allows him to grapple. Not to spoil anything, but the fight ends four seconds into round 2. Four seconds.

December 31, 2010   No Comments

Cage-launched strikes

A week later and folks are still talking about Anthony PettisOng Bak-inspired kick off the cage and to the jaw of Ben Henderson at WEC 53. Well, I’m still talking about it. It reminds me of the time Alan Belcher launched a Superman punch off the cage against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 100. Not nearly as spectacular or star-making as the Pettis kick, but not too shabby either. Have there been any others?

December 21, 2010   No Comments

Something to get you fired up about UFC 125

I’ll admit that UFC 125 didn’t hold that much appeal, especially after Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson was pulled from the card. It just didn’t seem to have much weight or depth. I’m not sure what I was thinking, because in the clear light of day, this card stacks up just fine as a great way to ring in 2011. Take a look at this main event lineup:

  • Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi
  • Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
  • Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva
  • Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (for the lightweight title)

There’s definite New Year’s Day fireworks in there. And if that’s not enough to excite you, check out this video. It starts slow and builds nicely. And it contains the most inventive use of a belch since my buddy Stephen burped Oh, Canada during a high school assembly.

December 20, 2010   No Comments

UFC’s top 10 knockouts of 2010

Last week the UFC released it’s list of the top 10 submissions of 2010. Now, there’s the top 10 knockouts. What do you think?

  1. Takanori Gomi pounds out Tyson Griffin at UFC on Versus 2
  2. Carlos Condit lays outs Dan Hardy at UFC 120
  3. Rich Franklin (hopefully) retires Chuck Liddell at UFC 115
  4. Cain Velasquez puts away Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110
  5. Gerald Harris slams Dave Branch into next week at UFC 116
  6. Pablo Garza goes ballistic on Fredson Paixao at TUF 12 Finale
  7. Mike Russow derails Todd Duffee at UFC 114
  8. BJ Penn gives Matt Hughes a wake-up call at UFC 123
  9. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua claims the title from Lyoto Machida at UFC 113
  10. Cain Velasquez makes Brock Lesnar cower like a girl at UFC 121

December 20, 2010   No Comments

Should Randy Couture retire?

Randy Couture says he wants another big fight against someone like Lyoto Machida or Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the latter of which already has a date with Rashad Evans at UFC 129.

But I wonder, do you think Couture should retire? It’s a simple question, although one that Couture is obviously struggling with. His acting career is taking off – he just finished shooting Set Up with Bruce Willis, The Expendables 2 is on the horizon and he could easily make a living playing heavies in Hollywood. But when fighting’s all you know, it can be hard to give that up, the adrenaline rush of entering the cage, the crowd chanting your name, the trading of blows, testing yourself and being tested, having your arm raised. It’s heroin. And Couture does have two fights remaining on his UFC contract.

Still, Couture is 47 years old. No matter how fit he is, he’s not getting any younger. He’s already held multiple UFC titles and has nothing left to prove. He will go down as one of the sport’s greatest champions. Granted, his last fight was a bit of a sideshow as he dispensed with boxer James Toney, so I understand that might not be the last image a warhorse like Couture wants to leave in fans’ minds.

To go out, if not on top then at least in a blaze of glory, has to nag at Couture as it has countless other fighters who’ve stayed in the ring well past their prime (Couture’s last opponent, James Toney, is a prime example of staying too long at the party). And I do admit to a certain curiousity regarding how Couture would fare against Machida, or rather, how Machida would fare locked up up against the cage with Couture and his dirty boxing.

December 20, 2010   1 Comment

Royce Gracie should not be allowed back in the octagon

There’s no chance in hell that UFC legend Royce Gracie will be fighting in the octagon again. None whatsoever, no matter what he wants you to believe.

Okay, a little background: On Wednesday, the same day that the UFC made a minor course correction by dropping a planned return to Abu Dhabi and redubbing Toronto’s UFC 131 as UFC 129 (still on April 30; tickets available sometime in early 2011), president Dana White held a press conference announcing the return of the UFC to Rio de Janeiro. The event will be held on August 27.

The UFC’s only previous card in Brazil was 1998’s redundantly titled UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil (aka UFC 17.5). That card saw middleweight champ Frank Shamrock defended his belt with a submission win over John Lober while Pat Miletich scored a split-decision win over Mikey Burnett to become the organization’s first lightweight (later renamed welterweight) champ.

As for who will be on the card nine months from now, who knows? A bunch of Brazilians, certainly (the UFC has close to 40 in it stable). But don’t expect Gracie to be there in anything but an honorary/symbolic capacity. Gracie hinted at a comeback at the press conference: “I’m still thinking (about fighting in Rio). But I’m always training. This return of UFC to Brazil touched me, made me feel the wish of coming back to the octagon. Everything has been negotiated with Dana White. Let’s wait and see.”

Um, right. “Everything has been negotiated.” I doubt it. Unless what’s been negotiated is an appearance at the event, perhaps, something ceremonial.  Royce Gracie is 44, hasn’t fought since a steroid-blemished decision win over Kazushi Sakuraba at K-1 Dynamite!! USA more than three years ago. His last UFC appearance saw him get smashed by Matt Hughes at UFC 60, which proved just how much MMA had evolved since Gracie was a champion (that Hughes is now in a similar position as Gracie was then is even more telling and there’s no chance Gracie is better now than he was then either).

Basically, letting Royce Gracie into the octagon to fight would be an embarrassment. Plain and simple. Sure, he’s a national hero, an MMA legend, etc. etc. Putting him in the cage for a real fight against a real opponent would only diminish what he’s accomplished. Then again, I hear James Toney is still looking for another fight

December 17, 2010   1 Comment

The PD in Toronto PD doesn’t stand for “Pimp Daddy”

Sean Pierson got screwed. As I wrote about earlier this week, Pierson wins his UFC debut and is subsequently booted from the Toronto Police Services, which just hired him as a recruit in October. Turns out the police have a problem with Pierson’s previous persona as the “Pimp Daddy,” the moniker he used to go by before realizing it didn’t really fit his image (or the image of a police officer). But it’s too little too late, according to the boys in blue.

Police spokesman Mark Pugash told the Toronto Star that the decision had nothing do to with the fact that Pierson had been in a UFC fight: “In this case, it wasn’t what he was doing. It’s that you have a name that I think most people would agree is not appropriate for a police officer. We raised ‘Pimp Daddy’ with him more than a year ago. Those concerns have not been addressed satisfactorily.”

Now, I can understand where the police are coming from. Who wants to get busted by Officer Pimp Daddy. Sounds like a stripper name to me.

But in Pierson’s defense, he’s had the nickname since he was 23 (he’s now 34) and he’s not exactly the pimpin’ type these days. No furry hats or 50 Cent’s PIMP as his entrance music. That’s strictly the territory of Phil Baroni these days.

So Pierson will have to resign himself with being a UFC fighter for the next little while, which is our gain and the Toronto PD’s loss.

December 17, 2010   No Comments

Fedor Emelianenko could fight in January

Consider this an early Christmas present, of sorts. MMA Weekly is reporting that Fedor Emelianenko could face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on a January 29 Strikeforce card. It would be Fedor’s first fight since losing to Fabricio Werdum in June while Silva just beat Mike Kyle a couple of weeks ago.

While I’m not surprised, I can’t say that I’m very happy about the match-up. Fedor only has one fight remaining on his Strikeforce contract and while Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is confidant he’ll be re-signed, I’d hate to see them waste his last bout on what appears to be a freakshow not unlike the New Year’s classics Fedor used to fight in Japan. Silva is just a slightly smaller Hong-Man Choi.

December 17, 2010   No Comments

UFC’s top 10 submissions of 2010

The UFC has released its list of the top 10 submissions of 2010. Do you agree?

  1. Jim Miller kneebars Charles Oliveira at UFC 124
  2. Tim Boetsch gets tapped by the “Philmura” at UFC 123
  3. Rousimar Palhares becomes a “heel” after subbing Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111
  4. Joe Doerksen chokes against CB Dollaway at UFC 119
  5. Brock Lesnar submits a freeze-dried Shane Carwin at UFC 116
  6. Mark Bocek has Dustin Hazelett “McTappin’” at UFC 124
  7. Chris Lytle posts consecutive subs against Brian Foster (UFC 110) and Matt Brown (UFC 116)
  8. Matt Hughes unleashes the “Dave Schultz Choke” on Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117
  9. Cole Miller downgrades Dan Lauzon with an inverted reverse triangle/kimura combination at UFC 108
  10. Anderson Silva survives a 20-plus-minute ass-whooping to triangle Chael Sonnen at UFC 117

December 17, 2010   No Comments

Anderson Silva speaks – in English

Ed Soares should never enter the cage to act as a translator for Anderson Silva’s post-fight interviews ever again. Everyone knows Silva can speak English at least well enough to answer a few softball questions like “Why didn’t you finish Demian Maia?” and “Where’d Forrest run off to?” This video proves it. So enough already.

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December 17, 2010   1 Comment

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