July 29, 2009

Obligatory Fedor Post

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Fedor had his little PR conference today, and to the dismay of numerous fanboys who had their little hopes up yet again Fedor has not stepped in front of the machine that is the UFC.  It doesn’t even look like it will happen either.

Fightlinker’s commentary and quote from Dave Meltzer

Actually all of Fightlinker’s commentary is worth a read here.

Bloody Elbow’s excellent work

I’m about over this Fedor stuff, if it happens, then I’m totally stoked (maybe the UFC is playing us on an emotional rollercoaster here…), but if he doesn’t make it, then it doesn’t really matter.  I would love to see the matchups, but the UFC has compelling matchups at heavyweight to still make.  Also, Fedor is in a limited position with regards to new homes.  Japan is not financially what it once was, and Strikeforce probably doesn’t want to get mixed up in the M-1 copromotion business, whatever it may be exactly.  Let’s see what happens this Friday….


July 27, 2009

News and Notes 7/27/09

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has a few items on its agenda –  The terms currently proposed for instant replay appear well designed at first glance.  They are limited in scope and minimize bloat by referring to other existing regulations.  The only item that I’m unsure of is the potential to have 5 round nontitle fights.  The intended design appears to be to increase the number finishes versus judges decisions.  Hardcores also argue that this provision gives nontitle fights more time to flesh out towards an appropriate outcome citing bouts like Henderson/Franklin and Guida/any other lightweight.

I’d rather keep things asis for right now.  Let the commission and promotors focus on doing a few things correctly, and doing proper integration of new rules.  Adding 2 rounds to nontitle main events means we’re going to see more gassing, increased chance of injury,  and title fights might lose a little luster.  One intriguing proposal has been that number 1 contender matches could be the target of championship round additions, but there isn’t a viewable ranking system in place for most promotions.  Moving on…

-Babalu vs. Mousasi has been moved from the Affliction III card to the Strikeforce Aug. 15th event. This is great news, a high quality fight getting saved from the mayhem of last week is welcome news.  My questions will come down to conditioning…wasn’t the Affliction bout a 3 rounder?  If so, and this is for the Strikeforce LHW title, then what role will conditioning play?  What kind of contract has Mousasi signed?  This was a great play by Strikeforce.

July 24, 2009

And I, For One, Welcome Our New MMA Overlords

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Play me while reading (preferably in a new tab or window)

The UFC’s grip on the sport is tightening.  This has been a crazy week first with the Barnett drug test results coming out.  From there here’s what else has transpired:

Affliction gets canceled

Affliction folds up their promotion, and will return as a sponsor the UFC.  There were earlier rumors of a merger with Strikeforce.  It’s not known how the contracts transfer, if at all.  There’s a lot of unknown details at this point.

Dana White has a press conference coming up this week.  What will be announced?  Fedor?  ESPN/ABC?  Affliction contract details?  Fight additions to upcoming cards?  There are may possibilities to explore, and I will have commentary on what transpires over the next few days…

July 22, 2009

What Were You Thinking?

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So, I went to bed last night, wake up this morning, and very nearly fell out of my chair.  Josh Barnett tests positive for a banned substance? This puts Affliction in a really crummy spot.  The CSAC issues a statement.    Affliction is now on their heels and scrambling for a replacement.  Strikeforce rules out Brett Rogers or Fabricio Werdum.  The word is that Bobby Lashley has refused the bout on short notice, so Affliction is looking at possibly breaking up what could possibly be fight of the night by pulling Vitor Belfor out of his bout with Jorge Santiago. Other conjecture is Jeff Monson.  I’m eagerly awaiting who the replacement will be:

Here’s some of the rundown so far:



Logistical changes aside, what does this do for Josh Barnett?  He’s going to appeal.  That will be a huge time and financial expense, especially for a guy who has 1 strike on his record.  This very well could spell the end of Barnett fighting on American soil.  Even if he rides out a suspension, he is compromised as a top-tier heavyweight for any promotor who needs a competitve heavyweight (UFC, Strikeforce, Affliction) in the US.  He’s going to have a long road to redemption, and this means we may see him jump into more pro wrestling or fight exclusively in Japan (which if he does while suspended will really piss off CSAC).  Hopefully, he’ll get some better news tomorrow….


July 21, 2009

Light News Day

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Not much happening today:

– Kimo died and then came back to life.

-Overeem out of his Aug. 15th title defense due to complications with a hand injury.  This really hurts the Strikeforce card for me.  I might be the only one, but Carano and Cyborg aren’t dealmakers for me yet.  Not until they can reliably make weight.

Since news is so light, I’d like to also remind everyone of the greatest fighter alive and his upcoming bout (this will wake up the haters):

It’s free on Versus, there is no excuse to miss this one.

July 20, 2009

News and Notes 7/20/09

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Lots of surprise, speculation, and some frustration.  Also, I’ve started training BJJ recently, and I have to say that I regret not starting sooner.  Every bit of is wonderful.  Now here we go:

-Hendo vs. Franklin II – Call me unexcited.  I really enjoyed the first fight between the two, but I thought Henderson proved himself with his takedowns, passes, and close to call standup.  Franklin used to be my favorite fighter, but from the interviews that I have seen, he seems a little bitter about this loss.  It’s been a bit of a disappointment, and I hope he has used the experience for positive motivation.  Right now, I’m going with Henderson.  He’s got knockout power, the better ground game, and his clinch work speaks for itself.  Franklin has been working with Matt Hume trying to become a more complete MMA fighter, but he looked uncomfortable on his back in the last fight between the two.  That said, the rematch is a bit underwhelming for the UFC 103 main event, and Tito would’ve been more interesting.  I can’t believe that I just typed that, let me try again:  Rich Franklin vs Luis Cane would’ve been the best match possible.

–  Well, I managed to work Tito Ortiz into the last paragraph, and I think that may be the first time I’ve ever mentioned him on the blog.  I was doing so well….  Joking aside, the man is polarizing, puts people in seats, and is a solid test for any contender.  I’m not even touching the crazy talk and financial issues.  That’s a post by itself.

– Hellboy Hansen vs. Aoki III – The rubber match.  Anytime Hellboy fights is a good time.  ‘Nuff said.

– Dream 10 was a little nuts with all the head kicking and all.  Filho looked flat, I still need to watch all the fights.

-GSP not needing surgery is great news.  I was worried about the prospects for cards at the end of the year, not to mention that some guys aren’t the same after surgery.

July 16, 2009

Thank You Internet

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Just another reason to be thankful…


July 15, 2009

How Could I Forget This

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There’s more Dana White video blogs:

Also, before we get to the month of August which is going to be loaded with quality MMA, let’s not forget about Dream 10 coming up on July 20th…reasons to be excited:

-Aoki vs. Shaolin

-Dida vs. Katsunori

-Melvin Manhoef vs. Paulo Filho has great potential outcomes from one extreme to another (submission to knockout)

-Welterweight GP Round 2 Featuring: Galvao, Sakurai, Jason High, and Marius Zaromskis

-Will Cro Cop vs. Mighty Mo happen?  How do things change with his recent UFC contract?

July 12, 2009

Post UFC 100 Thoughts

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Well, UFC 100 has come and gone, and I am a satisfied customer.  My excitement for the next month’s events from the UFC, WEC, Affliction, DREAM, and Sengoku has reached a fever pitch.  That said, there’s a few things swirling about to think about…

– Tom Lawlor has had a really impressive weekend.  His reference to the “just bleed” guy at the weigh in on Friday got people buzzing about his personality and good humor.  His quick submission over CB Dollaway added some steak to match the sizzle.

– I’ve decided that I’m no longer a fan of hearing that fighters are having decisions “stolen” from them.  The Alan Belcher/Yoshihiro Akiyama fight has moved me in this direction.  First, see the Fightmetric report that those guys so graciously allow the public to access.  The margin of victory in the fight was narrow to say the least, and both guys fought hard.  Since I’m watching on television I can’t hear all the mustard being put on every shot, but Akiyama looked the better man last night.  I just can’t see where Belcher was a clear winner outside of the leg kicks.  He was taken down, controlled, transitioned against, and received some ground and pound.  There were several times my excitement rose as I sensed that Akiyama might be nearing a TKO victory.  He simply came the closest to finishing the fight.

Saying the fight is stolen is usually intended as a criticism towards the judges, but sometimes the fighter who benefits from the decision ends up  receiving the bite of criticism.  Also, we all disagree about outcomes on fights like this one, Edgar/Griffin, Sanchez/Guida, and many others.  One has a duty to justify their opinion…

– I could not be any happier with Dan Henderson right now.  I hope Bisping is able to return to action improved by this experience, and I’d like to see a matchup with Wanderlei, Gouveia, or maybe the loser of Maia/Marquardt.

– GSP is a machine right now, and I’m not seeing anyone at welter that I’d pick against him (I’d like to see a submission specialist myself).  I thought Thiago Alves showed tremendous grit, much like Jon Fitch in weathering the storm of having GSP just push the pace in all areas of the fight game.   It was the real main event of the night, and I think GSP is smart to downplay talk of him moving to middleweight.  The circumstances need to be right first.

– Finally, Brock Lesnar has put the heavyweight divison on notice.  I was swaying back and forth on this fight, having trouble committing to any one fighter, but I thought a Frank Mir who appeared to be in the best shape of his life, coming out of a solid training camp, and with more experience and technique  (wrestling aside) would be more of a match for Lesnar.  The only 2 heavyweight title fights I’m interested in that are available to the UFC are Lesnar/Carwin and Lesnar/Velazquez (I wish Gonzaga would get rolling).

Also, I think that an interesting strategy against Lesnar may be to attack him with takedowns first.  When Lesnar gets on top, he gets his engine running.  How would he do if someone could put him on his back for a change?

July 10, 2009

Super Funtime Mega UFC 100 Picks

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Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar


I even had a funny Frank Murr picture ready to go…

GSP vs. Thiago Alves


Thiago has a chance, but I’m guessing GSP’s plan will be too solid

Dangerous Dan Hendowood Henderson vs. Bisping


…upon the fruited plain….

Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago


Nobody beats Fitch, except for GSP

Yoshihiro ‘Sexyama’ Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher


All aboard the sexywagon!

Mark Coleman vs. Stephan Bonnar

You are required to click the video and if you don’t, you are an inhuman monster lacking the capacity to love.

Jon Jones vs. Jake O’Brien


Suplexes all day, spinning elbows all night.


Danzig, Dollaway, Stun Gun, and Grice.  Enjoy the show!

Don’t forget to get your MMAPlayground picks in!

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