Pictures from MMAC
Here is Murilo Bustamante and some moron who runs a blog. See the rest of his pictures here.
Lift the Ban Watch 2
The story of Brandon Garner is representative of the stories of many promising young MMA fighters in America who simply don’t have the opportunity to take themselves to the next level. If it’s not his weight, its the lack of a market. If its not the market, then the sport is outright banned. Notable quote: […]
What Am I Doing?
Right now I’m editing up the last practice demo for the return of WhoopAss radio. I think you will all be very pleased. If you have any suggestions for what should be included in the first new episode, drop some comments. I’m all ears.
Chris Leben is proving there’s still some competition in the MMA marketplace. The problem is, would he be this inclined to leave if he were on the road to the middleweight belt?
Lift the Ban Watch
Illinois’ state House passes a bill to legalize the sport. UFC in Chicago? Seems only a matter of time.
The Case of Ben Rothwell
Ben Fowlkes of CBSsportsline has a piece detailing the unfortunate plight of Ben Rothwell. While the article suggests Rothwell’s perfectionism has him both diminishing his achievements and spurring him into action, the more important observation is that its going to be hard to get Big Ben the attention he deserves. Notable quote: “It’s a constant […]
Chuck Liddell’s Improvement
Rampage doesn’t think much of it. Notable quote: So, the last time you fought Chuck was in 2003. That was Chuck’s last loss, so what have you done differently this time to improve to brace yourself for a much improved Chuck in 2007? To be honest, I don’t think Chuck improved much. I’ve been watching […]
Lift The Ban Watch
Take away the alcohol and Tracy, Minnesota will likely start regulating MMA. I guess that’s an acceptable compromise. For now.
Garcia vs. Aoki in MMA
Apparently it’s in the works. Notable quote: In what may become big news for both the grappling and MMA world is an announcement that came Friday evening from DEEP. They are in negotiations to have ADCC champion and submission wizard Marcelo Garcia to take on the equally impressive Shinya Aoki at their DEEP X 2007 […]
Video of the Day
Jazze Pha is a legit rap producer, so the IFL got at least that much right. But whenever I hear a rap song that’s promoting a business entity (movie, show, organization, product, etc.) I’m constantly reminded of the Ninja Turtle rap with Vanilla Ice.
A Shoe Deal
It’s not Nike or Adidas, but NBA stars aren’t the only ones getting them. HT: UFCMania
Would You Believe…
…this is my former jiu-jitsu instructor? Would you believe he’s one of the best BJJ teacher I’ve ever had? He would always say, “Whatever you put into BJJ, that’s what you’ll get out of it.” His belief in the simple wisdom of hard work and perseverance through adversity sticks with me to this day. He […]
Snapshot of the Day
Jeremy Williams and Debi Purcell. Losing a loved one doesn’t mean losing the love. That’s yours to keep forever.
The Best of the Best
FightWorks Podcast explains what makes Marcelo Garcia so special.
Getting Their Due
The lighter weightclasses. Over at Sherdog, Josh Gross has a nice article following the efforts of Urijah Faber, Charlie Valencia, Zuffa, the WEC, and Versus to give the lighter weight classes the attention they deserve. Personally, I don’t get much enjoyment from bantanweight matches, but flyweights are as good if not better than the lightweights. […]
Snapshot of the Day
The picture comes from this article. Inside is a genius quote from Thompson regarding his missed opportunity to meet Vladimir Putin: After winning the title, Thompson was summoned to a private post-bout gathering with Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who were in the audience. But something was lost in […]
UFC 71 weigh-ins to be shown on ESPN News
UFC.com is reporting that the weigh-ins for UFC 71 will be carried live on ESPN News. This is a nice step toward legitimacy as ESPN continues to take steps toward embracing the sport of mixed martial arts. The weigh-ins will also be carried live on NBCSports.com, UFC.com and I believe also on Yahoo Sports (not […]
Wild Karo Parisyan interview
Tha Formula has an interview up with Karo “The Heat” Parisyan as he heads into battle with Josh Burkman at UFC 71. Karo is one of my top 5 favorite fighters both for his unique attitude and amazing technique. The interesting feature to this interview is how decisive Karo believes his victories actually are. Karo […]
Final Jeremy Williams interview
This video is strange. Jeremy seems distracted and while very gracious, he’s also reluctant to accept praise for his work or acknowledge how special his tremendous IFL wins actually were. Again, I didn’t know Jeremy. I only spoke to him a handful of times. And it’s not necessarily the best idea to view this footage […]
UFC 71 predictions
The MMA Girls are at it again.
Quote of the Day
“(My trainer) Juanito (Ibarra) is the best thing to ever happen to my fighting career,” Jackson said. “He is not just out for a paycheck. He isn’t out trying to promote his gym, or his fighting style. He genuinely cares for me, and he is like a father figure for me, and I really appreciate […]
Riggs vs. Grove: A Retrospective
This video shows just how lethal Riggs can be, but does anyone think the outcome would be the same if these two tangled again?
When a fighter dies
Now that the battle of MMA vs. Boxing is in full gear, it’s time to realize something about the UFC: they better hope a fighter doesn’t die in a sanctioned MMA match anytime soon. Sounds obvious, and it is, but it’s worth addressing the two ways such an event could unfold and the possible repercussions […]
Technique of the Day – Bas Rutten’s Liver Shot
Bas Rutten shows how to throw a liver shot, namely, a left hook to the body. It isn’t so much an uppercut or a hook, but more a digging shovel punch.
Apparently he, GSP, and Kobe Bryant are roughly the same in terms of physical fitness, so says Men’s Fitness. That’s about as accurate as Maxim‘s assertion that Lindsay Lohan is one of the hottest woman in the world. Hat tip: UFCMania
I was thinking last night about which fighters I’d like to see train together. There are a host of excellent fighters in excellent camps, but its interesting to think about how their skills would develop were they to train with others. For my money, I’d like to see the following people train together: GSP and […]
Interview with Marco Ruas and Odd Dana White Comments
Sherdog has posted an interview with “The King of the Streets” Marco Ruas regarding his IFL fight Saturday night against Maurice Smith. As a reminder I will be attending the event from “press row” and will post results and live show impressions. I don’t think that Ruas/Smith exactly ranks as a “must-see” fight but should […]
Lift the Ban Watch
Illinois gets in on the action.
The case for the IFL
Sam Sheridan makes it in his new column over at Inside Fighting. Notable quote: My first impression was that the camaraderie level is astronomical, the fighters love it. Mike Ciesnolevics, the Silverbacks 205 lb-er. who was sitting out the fights with a broken nose, commented that he preferred the team fighting to fighting on his […]
Video of the Day
Apparently the Rampage vs. Chuck fight won’t really determine who the #1 Light Heavyweight in the world actually is.